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At anti-Israel event, Blinken warns Jewish state not to allow prayer

The secretary of state also falsely equated Palestinian and Israeli violence in the West Bank.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid near the grave of David Ben-Gurion in Sde Boker. March 28. 2022. Credit: Rafi Ben Hakon, Shlomi Amsalem/GPO.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid near the grave of David Ben-Gurion in Sde Boker. March 28. 2022. Credit: Rafi Ben Hakon, Shlomi Amsalem/GPO.
Daniel Greenfield

Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered an address at the annual event for the anti-Israel group J Street.

Blinken took an opening shot at the incoming conservative Israeli government, warning that “we expect the new Israeli government to continue to work with us to advance our shared values, just as we have previous governments. We’ll continue to express our support for core democratic principles, including respect for the rights of the LGBT community.”

He insisted that the Biden regime would hold Israel “to the mutual standards we have established in our relationship over the past seven decades” and “work relentlessly to prevent any parties from taking actions that could raise tensions or further raise tensions and push the two-state solution even further out of reach.”

This is barely a euphemism for pressuring Israel to stop Jews from living in those parts of Israel claimed by Islamic terrorists.

Despite the recent wave of Muslim terrorist attacks in Israel, Blinken falsely claimed that he had “seen dramatically higher levels of violence in the West Bank, perpetrated by both Palestinians and Israeli settlers.”

“We will also continue to unequivocally oppose any acts that undermine the prospects of a two-state solution, including, but not limited to, settlement expansion, moves toward annexation of the West Bank, disruption to the historic status quo at holy sites, demolitions and evictions and incitement to violence,” Blinken told the anti-Israel hate group.

Virtually every single one of these refers to behaviors that the Biden accusing Israel of, with the possible exception of “incitement to violence.”

Blinken’s reference to the “historic status quo at holy sites” is a euphemism for banning Jews from praying at the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, due to Islamic bigotry.

Finally, Blinken cautioned that while his administration is still forced to continue to “recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” it remains “central to the national visions of both Palestinians and Israelis, and must be a city for all of its people.”

The two claims are contradictory. And indeed, the Biden administration is struggling to reverse actions by the Trump administration and carve out Jerusalem for the terrorists.

Blinken blasted Israel, insisting that, “The reality is that, today, Palestinians and Israelis do not enjoy equal measures of freedom, security, or opportunity.” He led the applause for terrorist supporter Hady Amr, whom the administration has made a quasi-ambassador to the terrorists striving to destroy the Jewish state.

The J Street event was just another reminder of how much the Biden administration hates Israel.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

This article was first published by FrontPage Magazine.

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