Yesterday I posed this question:
After claiming that he would “repair our alliances with other countries” (that he mistakenly thinks Trump damaged), Biden signals he will destroy the strong alliance we have with the state of Israel, made significantly stronger during the Trump administration.
Daily Wire The new Biden administration appeared to signal a shift in U.S. policy towards Israel on Wednesday immediately following Joe Biden being sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.
The Biden administration changed the name of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s Twitter account to state, “the official Twitter account of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,” which marks a shift away from the Trump administration’s pro-Israel policies.
“The change in title marks a significant shift in policy toward Israel,” The Washington Free Beacon reported. “The United States has for decades declined to take a policy position on the West Bank and Gaza territories, maintaining the Israelis and the Palestinians must decide in negotiations how the areas will be split up for a future Palestinian state.
By including Gaza and the West Bank in the ambassador’s portfolio, the Biden administration appears to be determining that neither area is part of Israel—a move that is certain to rile Israeli leaders,” the outlet continued. “The incoming administration’s move also signals that it will elevate the next ambassador’s role to include conducting direct diplomacy with Palestinian leaders, including in the Gaza Strip, where the Hamas terror group maintains control. This is the only ambassador tasked with conducting diplomacy in a region controlled by a U.S.-designated terror group.”
The move by Biden came just shortly after he said during his inauguration speech that he would “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again.” Israel is largely considered to be one of America’s greatest allies and the top U.S. ally in the region.
Critics immediately began pushing back on the move on social media and commentators noted that it likely signaled a shift in U.S. policy toward Israel.
National Review writer David Harsanyi wrote:
“When Biden said he will ‘repair our alliances,’ he meant the PLO and Hamas.”
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) wrote on Twitter:
Author Abhinav Agarwal wrote:
Alliance Initiative Executive Director Noah Pollak noted:
TechWatch Vice President Dan Gainor wrote:
Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn wrote:
Journalist Yashar Ali wrote:
Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) wrote:
Townhall editor Guy Benson wrote:
Following the intense backlash that ensued, the Biden administration changed the Twitter account back. Free Beacon reporter Adam Kredo noted the update: