The Israel Hayom newspaper: “Biden administration’s focus on this matter has had the effect of hampering the potential momentum and has impeded would-be breakthroughs.”
While President Donald Trump negotiated the landmark Abraham Accords by de-linking them from the Palestinian demands, the Biden White House is reportedly ‘undermining’ the normalization of diplomatic ties between Israel and Saud Arabia by doing the bidding of the Palestinian leadership.
Biden staffers’ obsession with the ‘Palestinian aspect’ threatens to derail the historic breakthrough nearly three years after the Arab-Israel peace accords were signed in the White House under Trump’s watch, the country’s leading newspaper Israel Hayom reported Monday.
The newspaper noted that the Biden administration’s “emphasis on the Palestinian aspect has been perceived as over the top and thus had the potential of undermining the entire process,” citing both Israeli and Saudi sources.
The latest revelation shows that the Biden administration is sticking to the myth that Israel can’t have peace with its Arab neighbors unless every single Palestinian demand is met — ignoring the fact that the Palestinian leadership has no interest in peace.
In December 2016, John Kerry, the then Secretary of State, declared that the “Arab countries have made clear that they will not make peace with Israel without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Trump shattered that fallacy by roping several Arab countries into the Abraham Accords framework after Palestinians rudely rejected his generous peace plan.
The Israel Hayom reports:
Sources familiar with the ongoing talks have told Israel Hayom that the Biden administration’s focus on this matter has had the effect of hampering the potential momentum and has impeded would-be breakthroughs.
One source noted that on the big issues – including a potential US-Saudi defense alliance that would come alongside a new civilian nuclear program in the kingdom – there are no insurmountable gaps because the disagreements are not substantial. The source noted, though, that the American emphasis on the Palestinian aspect has been perceived as over the top and thus had the potential of undermining the entire process.
The criticism of the White House among Israeli figures and Saudi elements has been voiced behind closed doors. The officials stress that Riyadh is not part of the pressure on Israel to make major diplomatic concessions to the Palestinians. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview with Fox News several weeks ago, refused to make demands from Israel on the Palestinian issue and has simply stated that his expectation was merely that Israel “improved the lives of Palestinians.”
Nevertheless, Biden administration officials currently engaged in the mediation process between Israel and Saudi Arabia have floated a series of demands from Israel on this matter. As Israel Hayom reported several days ago, the US asked Israel to allow the reopening of an independent US consulate general in Jerusalem that would effectively serve as a diplomatic mission to the Palestinians. Additionally, pressure is mounting on Israel to increase economic support for the Palestinian Authority.
Guess who else isn’t too keen on the prospect of Saudis putting aside their longstanding hostilities towards Israel? The Mullah regime of Iran. On Sunday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi responded angrily to the ongoing Israel-Saudi talks, calling a possible peace deal “reactionary and regressive.’
The Israeli newspaper’s disclosure comes days after a bombshell report that several senior officials of Biden’s Iran team were, in fact, working for Iran. At least three top aides to Biden’s Special Envoy to Iran, Robert Malley, were members of the notorious Tehran-run “Iran Experts Initiative” (IEI), set up to influence policymaking in Washington, the U.S. news website Semafor reported September 29.
Malley, according to CNN, was playing a “prominent role” in finalizing a ransom deal between the Biden White House and Iran — before he was suspended and stripped of his security clearance for undisclosed reasons three months ago. In September, Biden released $6 billion for rescuing 5 U.S. hostages being held in Iran illegally.
The Times of Israel reported Iran’s angry response:
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday denounced any attempts by regional countries to normalize relations with its arch-enemy Israel as “reactionary and regressive.”
The remarks came amid ongoing US-brokered negotiations between Israel and Saudi Arabia to establish formal ties, with the United States saying on Friday that the two countries are moving toward the outline of a deal.
“Normalizing relations with the Zionist regime is a reactionary and regressive move by any government in the Islamic world,” Raisi said during an international Islamic conference held in Tehran. (…)
Raisi on Sunday further labeled any normalization attempt as the “foreigners’ desire,” while stating that “surrender and compromise” regarding Israel were not on the table.
The Biden White House is unwittingly siding with Iran and PLO-Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmud Abbas by pushing the Palestinian agenda at the cost of Arab-Israeli reconciliation in the Middle East.
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