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Has Biden changed US policy on Israel?

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, US, May 13, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

Anyone who thinks President Joe Biden has changed US policy on Israel is probably as “brain-damaged” as Biden and most members of his Democratic Party are, American political commentator J. Michael Springmann says.

Springmann, who is an, author and former US diplomat in Saudi Arabia, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on a renewed Democratic push to shift US relations with Israel.

According to reports, progressive Democrats are pushing forward efforts to dramatically shift the US relationship with Israel, following the 11-day Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Their agenda is centered around social justice for Palestinians, and conditioning of US military aid to Israel, the Hill reported on Friday.

In response, Biden said on Friday there is “no shift” in his commitment to the security of Israel and reiterated his support for the Tel Aviv regime.

“There is no shift in my commitment to the security of Israel. Period. No shift,” Biden told reporters at a press conference in the White House in Washington, DC.

His statement came after Israel on Thursday declared a unilateral ceasefire and the Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza accepted it.

Israel began the aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip on May 10, after weeks of violence against Palestinians at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where Israeli forces and settlers attacked Palestinian worshipers, and in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, where the regime tried to force Palestinians out of their homes to build more illegal settlements.

The Israeli regime killed at least 243 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, through its aerial bombardment of Gaza. Palestinian resistance groups responded with thousands of significantly improved rockets, which caught Israel off guard and killed 12 people.

Springmann said, “The American media is full of reports about how Biden has shifted US policy towards Israel, the Apartheid Entity.  Unlike other presidents, Biden, the US press asserted, was courageous enough to call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and order him to stop the war against Gaza and the Palestinians.”

“As usual, radio, TV, and newspapers in America failed in their ability to properly examine the situation.  Somehow, they missed the obvious,” he added.

He pointed out that “Biden let the Zionists bomb, shoot, and blow up Palestinians, adding that, “He did it for 11 days.”

“Then he ‘sold’ $735 million worth of weapons to Israel,” he added, referring to a planned massive weapons sale which the Biden administration has approved and sent it to Congress for formal review.

The analyst said then Biden went on to promise “to resupply the munitions Netanyahu had expended in massacring peaceful Palestinians.”

“Then, on Friday, May 21, Biden proclaimed that there was no shift in his commitment to the Apartheid Entity,” he continued.

“So, what was the great ‘change’?  Domestic political advantage.  Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. pretended to listen to Arab-American congressmen and their condemnation of the Israeli war.  After 11 days, Biden evidently felt their criticism might spread and make him and his party, the Democrats, look bad.  Yet, he still backed the ridiculous notion of two states in Occupied Palestine, one for the Zionists, one for the Palestinians.  Yet he still claimed that he and his party still support Israel,” he said.

“So, there was no real change.  Anyone who thinks so is probably as brain-damaged as President Biden and most members of his party,” he concluded.

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