Joe Biden: Israel's Fake 'Friend', by John Perazzo
At this point, it seems that the Democratic leadership's work to marginalize the "proud Jew", Bernie Sanders and his coterie of proud Judeophobes is working. Joe Biden has been on a primary winning streak. He just might be the Democrats' 2020 presidential candidate. I'm sure some Jews are breathing a sigh of relief at this turn of events. Now they won't have to hold their noses as they vote for a Jew who has aligned himself with some of our country's most odious Jew haters. Ilhan Omar is "one of the greatest people" he knows. And the overwhelming majority of Jews would have voted for Sanders in spite of his associates and his attacks on Israel.
The only Democratic presidential candidate to not receive the majority of Jewish votes was Jimmy Carter in 1980. He only carried 45 percent. Third party candidate, John Anderson took 14 percent.
But when it comes to Israel, Joe Biden hasn't been much of a friend to America's most important ally.
This exchange between Biden and Manachem Begin has been making the Internet rounds for years:
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on June 22, 1982, an animated Senator Biden, banging the desk in front of him with his fist, warned then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin that if Israel did not stop establishing new Jewish settlements in the West Bank, U.S. aid to that country might be cut off. Begin responded forcefully:
Don’t threaten us with cutting off your aid. It will not work. I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.
And with regard to Biden's theatrical furniture-banging, Begin said:
This desk is designed for writing, not for fists. Don’t threaten us with slashing aid. Do you think that because the U.S. lends us money it is entitled to impose on us what we must do? We are grateful for the assistance we have received, but we are not to be threatened. I am a proud Jew. Three thousand years of culture are behind me, and you will not frighten me with threats. Take note: we do not want a single soldier of yours to die for us.
But wait! There's more:
Biden voted for the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and required the U.S. president to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though the law allowed the president to waive the move every six months if he believed that a delay would further the interests of national security. When he ran for vice president with Barack Obama in 2008, Biden said: “I think we should move the embassy, but you don't have a [Israeli] government asking us to move the embassy there. Let them make the judgment.” Throughout the eight years that followed, the Obama-Biden administration never even hinted that it might contemplate relocating the U.S. embassy. Indeed, the administration refused even to affirm that Jerusalem was Israel's capital. For example, in March 2012, an Obama-Biden State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, told a gathering of journalists: “With regard to our Jerusalem policy, it’s a permanent-status issue. It’s got to be resolved through the negotiations between the parties.... We are not going to prejudge the outcome of those negotiations, including the final status of Jerusalem..... [O]ur embassy, as you know, is located in Tel Aviv.” When Donald Trump announced in December 2017 that he not only recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital but also planned to move the embassy to that city, Biden remained silent. Nor did he issue a statement when the embassy was actually physically relocated in May 2018. More recently, in a November 2019 interview with PBS, Biden was asked if he, as president, would reverse Trump's move. He replied: “Not now. I wouldn't reverse it. I wouldn't have done it in the first place.”
It was during his year's as vice-president under Barack Obama that Biden was at his worst toward Israel. Obama, contrary to his public pronouncements, wasn't much of a friend to Israel either.
Here is a rundown of the Obama-Biden anti-Israel moves during their years in the White House. We at MJAC are not telling anyone whom to vote for, but read the article, and ask yourself if a President Biden would be any better than a President Sanders.