Former vice-president Mike Pence wrote in a piece for National Review that Joe Biden’s “weakness” caused the current round of fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, which was initiated by Hamas in Gaza.
The Trump-Pence administration opened the door to a future of peace in the Middle East founded on our strong and unwavering commitment to the state of Israel. But now Israel is enduring the worst outbreak of violence in at least seven years — a direct result of the weakness shown by the Biden administration from its first day in office.
…President Biden has emboldened anti-Semitic terrorist groups such as Hamas by shunning Israeli leaders and restoring more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians that had been canceled by the Trump-Pence administration. He unilaterally took the Iranian-backed Houthis off the list of designated terrorist organizations. And worst of all, he has announced his intention to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, destabilizing the entire region.
When asked, Biden’s press secretary couldn’t even say whether Israel remains an “important ally” of the United States. …Every tepid statement uttered by the Biden-Harris administration is built on a false equivalency between Israel and Hamas. One is a sovereign nation with a legitimate government, and a trusted ally. The other is an internationally recognized terrorist organization that has fired more than 3,000 rockets at Jewish families and businesses in the past week.
Pence’s “Advancing American Freedom” group also released a video arguing the same:
Pence is 100% right and it goes all the way back to one of the greatest books ever written about diplomacy, leadership, and foreign policy. Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince was written in 1513 and yet, it’s still very relevant today. The most famous quote from the book particularly stands out in this situation: “From this arises an argument: whether it is better to be loved than feared. I reply that one should like to be both one and the other; but since it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”
The Palestinians can’t defeat the Israelis, so why are they launching rockets at them? Along similar lines, why were the Palestinians so quiet even as Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? That was something the “experts” said would lead to conflict. It’s because whatever else you may say about him, Trump was not weak. He was strong, ruthless, and unpredictable. The Palestinians correctly understood that he just didn’t care if the Israelis retaliated against them or killed members of Hamas.
On the other hand, Joe Biden is a weak, doddering dementia case representing a party that instinctually sides with the Palestinians. The natural impulse of someone like Joe Biden in a situation like this is to criticize Israel, equivocate between both sides, and give the poor, victimized Palestinians aid to help them recover. If Biden and the rest of the weaklings in Europe took the attitude that they have zero sympathy for the Palestinians as long as they’re backing terrorist groups and launching attacks against Israel, the Palestinians would change. We Americans tend to think that the Palestinians are behaving irrationally, but they’re actually responding to the incentives they’re being given for their bad behavior by weak leaders like Joe Biden. Change the incentives and you’ll see a change in their bad behavior.
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