Biden Quietly followed Trump footsteps in Israel

Stolen Land

Close to 40,000 innocent Palestinians dead from October 07, 2023 thru February 06, 2024.

Some 750,000 Palestinians were expelled or forced to flee, becoming refugees, when Israel was established in 1948. For decades, Israel has refused their return and confiscated their lands, even as it continues to illegally expand and build settlements in Palestinian territories it has occupied more recently.

The international community, including the U.S., has long condemned Israel’s expropriation of Palestinian land as a violation of refugee and property rights. The U.S. voted in favor of a United Nations resolution asserting Palestinian refugees’ right of return to their homes and compensation for those choosing not to return.

“The question is, is this going to be made permanent by this administration’s policy?”

The U.S. has effectively done nothing, however, to stop the expropriation of Palestinian land — including the ongoing construction of settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. To build a U.S. Embassy on stolen Palestinian land, critics say, would deal yet another blow to already lagging U.S. legitimacy in the region.

Until Trump, the U.S. has also maintained, along with much of the rest of the world, that the status of Jerusalem should be decided in line with U.N. resolutions and through negotiations — rejecting Israel’s unilateral declarations of sovereignty over the city. Trump shocked the world when he broke with decades of U.S. precedent by recognizing Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem and of the Golan Heights, a Syrian region abutting Israel’s border that has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. The Biden administration has remained largely quiet on Trump’s moves.

“They have not said, ‘The United States continues to fully recognize the annexation of the Golan Heights, the United States continues to fully recognize the annexation of Jerusalem,’ as announced by the Trump administration, but in practice, they haven’t dissented from those policies,” said Khalidi. “The question is, is this going to be made permanent by this administration’s policy?”