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Mon 15 Apr 2024 8:19 pm - Jerusalem Time

Article in Haaretz: Biden should issue some caveats and prohibitions to Israel

An article in the Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" stated that Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the President of the Republic, Ebrahim Raisi, can be relied upon to spare their people from disaster, even when they are exposed to "humiliation," according to the article.


The author of the article (Odeh Bisharat), an Israeli Arab Palestinian journalist, used his imagination and assumed that when US President Joe Biden begins writing his memoirs, he will extend his sincere thanks to his “friend” Khamenei for his decisive contribution to his re-election as President of the United States again.


The writer imagined if the two elderly men - meaning Biden (82 years old) and Khamenei (85 years old) - held sober discussions through mediators to discuss how to get out of the quagmire that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his companions succeeded in getting the region, and perhaps even the entire world, into.


Call JFK

Bisharat compared Biden's warning to Iran to the speech of former US President John Kennedy, which he delivered on June 26, 1963 in West Berlin, uttering his famous saying in German, "I am a Berliner," with which he wanted to reassure the city's residents that the Western camp stands in solidarity with them.


The author of the article in Haaretz said in a tone that mixed sarcasm and disdain: If the leader of the superpower in the current period is so determined to defend Israel, why does he not announce in Hebrew that he is Israeli?


He added that he imagined that an idea like this would have arisen in the corridors of the White House, and that someone would say: “This is all we need! To adopt the State of Israel and become a partner in killing tens of thousands and starving hundreds of thousands of others,” the Palestinians.


Some prohibitions and caveats

But Odeh Bisharat added, expressing his belief that the issue is more complex than that, and attributed the shortcomings of the American discourse to the composition of the Israeli government, which he believes does not call for solidarity. For this reason, Basharat advises President Biden to issue a few caveats and prohibitions to Israel itself.


The writer cited examples of this, with Biden making statements such as “it should not” for the settlers and the army in order to stop the massacres in the West Bank. And “it should not” for Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, whom Bisharat describes as the “Minister of Famine” to stop his starvation of the residents of the Gaza Strip. Another “Don’t” by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir against “turning Israel into a police state.”


When it comes to the issue at hand now, Biden needs to address the word “don’t” to the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, Herzi Halevy, to stop provoking Iran, with killing here, assassination there, and humiliation here and there, “because the Iranians also have a book of accounts and they are tracking its records as well.” To quote the Haaretz article.


Source: Haaretz+Aljazeera

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