* Click here to return to Joe Biden’s main profile page. * Click here to see “Joe Biden’s History with Israel & Jews” Susan Rice, Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council In February 2011, Susan Rice said: “We reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” which she described as […]
Susan Rice, Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council
In February 2011, Susan Rice said: “We reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” which she described as a major source of “corroded hopes” for peace in the Middle East.
On September 26, 2012, Rice attended a speech that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered to the United Nations General Assembly, in which he: (a) referred to Israelis as “uncivilized Zionists”; (b) denied the historical reality of the Holocaust; and (c) repeatedly called for the annihilation of Israel. But the very next day, Rice opted not to attend the UN speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In 2015, Rice publicly lauded the Iran nuclear deal as the “most comprehensive and effective” anti-nuclear agreement ever devised. She has continued to support the deal ever since. When President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in 2018, for instance, Rice falsely stated that “Iran has fully complied with its obligations,” and that the inspections authorized by the deal were “the most intrusive international inspection and monitoring regime in history.”
In December 2016, Rice, while serving as national security adviser to then-president Obama, instructed the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, to abstain from voting against UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which: (a) condemned the existence and expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and (b) declared that all of eastern Jerusalem – including Judaism’s most sacred site, the Temple Mount – was “Palestinian territory” that was being “occupied” by Israel in “a flagrant violation under international law.” This abstention allowed this resolution to pass, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to condemn the Obama administration’s “shameful betrayal.”
In 2018, Rice was one of seven former American ambassadors to the UN to sign a letter calling for the Trump administration to restore funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), despite clear evidence of that agency’s close ties to Hamas and its promotion of terrorist ideology and anti-Semitism,
Samantha Power, Administrator of USAID
In 2001 Samantha Power attended the United Nations’ World Conference Against Racism (in Durban, South Africa), even after the U.S. had withdrawn most of its diplomatic participation once it became apparent that the gathering was devolving into an anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hate-fest.
During a 2002 interview a few months later, Power said that even if it meant “alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import” (i.e., Jewish Americans), the United States should stop investing “billions of dollars” in “servicing Israel’s military,” and should invest that money instead “in the new state of Palestine.” Also during that time period, Power accused Israel of perpetrating “major human-rights abuses” and “war crimes.”
During a February 2016 UN Security Council debate on the Middle East, Power equated Palestinian Arab acts of terrorism targeting Jews, with virtually non-existent “settler violence” by Jews in the West Bank. She also falsely portrayed the Palestinian Authority (PA) as an entity that was “pressing for calm,” when in fact, as the Zionist Organization of America points out, the PA not only “pays Arabs huge sums of money to murder Jews,” but also “incites violence against innocent Jews in the PA’s speeches, official newspapers, social media, textbooks, schools, clubs, government-controlled mosques, government-controlled television specials, and government-controlled ceremonies honoring terrorists.”
Colin Kahl, Undersecretary of Defense
In an August 2012 op-ed in Foreign Policy magazine, Kahl praised President Obama’s call to push Israel’s borders back to the 1949 Armistice lines (with swaps); to accept the creation of a Palestinian state governed by terrorist organizations like Hamas; and to reject the notion of Jerusalem as Israel’s undisputed capital. In the same article, Kahl blamed the poor living conditions of Palestinians on the “economically debilitating effects of Israeli occupation” – rather than on the Palestinian leaders’ massive corruption and ongoing commitment to terrorism.
In his role as national security advisor to then-Vice President Joe Biden, Kahl was part of the team that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal of 2015 – an accord with devastating implications for Israel’s national security. Indeed, Kahl met more than 30 times with pro-Iran lobbyists, including the president of the National Iranian American Council, a front group for the theocratic terrorist regime in Tehran.
In 2017, Kahl co-authored an op-ed condemning a bipartisan bill that called for the imposition of sanctions against anyone involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program, its WMD program, or the terrorism-related activities of its Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.
Uzra Zeya, Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights
Uzra Zeya is a former staffer at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, a notoriously anti-Israel publication, where she compiled research for a book claiming that “the Israel lobby” had established a secret network of PACs that bribed and extorted congressional candidates into adopting positions favorable to Israel, thereby “subvert[ing] the American political process to take control of U.S. Middle East policy.”
Wendy Sherman, Deputy Secretary of State Nominee
In 2018, Wendy Sherman benignly referred to the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat, the world’s most prolific Jew-killer since Hitler, as “the leader of a resistance movement.” She also minimized the moral horrors of Palestinian suicide bombings against innocent Israeli civilians as “nagging disruptions from the Palestinian side.”
In her 2018 book, Not for the Faint of Heart, Sherman claimed that the Iran nuclear deal, which she helped to negotiate on behalf of the U.S., “was anchored” by: (a) “a common wish to make peace,” and (b) additional “higher principles” that would help facilitate a “reimagining of the world” whereby Americans might “see our adversaries not as eternal enemies, or dispensable ones, but as virtual partners.” Moreover, Sherman falsely claimed that the Iran deal would allow for “intrusive” and “scrupulous” inspections of Iranian nuclear sites.
In a July 2020 article in Foreign Policy magazine, Sherman disparaged President Trump’s historic “Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and a Brighter Future for Israel and the Palestinian People” as a “so-called peace plan” that would destabilize the Middle East by authorizing Israel’s “annexation” of parts of Judea/Samaria.
Deb Haaland, Interior Secretary
In February 2019, then-congresswoman Deb Haaland refused to acknowledge the anti-Semitic intent of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s infamous tweet which stated, “It’s all about the Benjamins [$100 bills], baby” – a slogan designed to suggest that the pro-Israel lobby organization AIPAC was guilty of paying U.S. politicians to take positions favorable to Israel.
In April 2020, Haaland and several fellow Democrats signed a letter demanding that Israel refrain from engaging in the “annexation” of land in Judea and Samaria.
In June 2020, Haaland joined fellow Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in signing a letter that falsely accused Israeli settlers in the West Bank of perpetrating violence against Palestinians.
Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to the Vice President
Symone Sanders was one of the 2020 Biden presidential campaign’s three senior advisers who apologized to radical Islamic organizations after Biden staffer Andrew Bates had tried to distance Biden from Linda Sarsour, a notorious Jew-hater who, despite supporting the Hamas-inspired Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement and having ties to numerous Islamic terrorist organizations, was a featured speaker at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. In addition to her apology, Sanders also retweeted a tweet by Emgage, a radical Islamist group, saying that Sarsour “has dedicated her career to fighting for justice.”
Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation
At the annual J Street conference in October 2019, then-presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said the United States needs to “have mechanisms to … make sure U.S. taxpayer support for Israel doesn’t turn into U.S. taxpayer support for a move like annexation” or for “settlement construction” that would be “incompatible or at best detrimental to what we need to see happen” in the region.
During the same speech, Buttigieg also said it was “in our national security interest” for the U.S. to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, which he lauded for being “as close to a true ‘art of the deal’ as it gets.” Buttigieg also said there were “increasingly disturbing signs that the Netanyahu government is turning away from peace,” and he blamed Netanyahu’s policies for Palestinian “suffering” and the “humanitarian crisis in Gaza.”
Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
At a J Street event in March 2015, Denis McDonough said: “An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state…. Israel cannot maintain military control of another people indefinitely.”
Anthony Blinken, Secretary of State
In 2017, Anthony Blinken was opposed to designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization and imposing sanctions on it, even though The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran established the IRGC explicitly to “strike terror into [the hearts of] the enemies of Allah” — meaning most prominently the U.S. and Israel — and to “expan[d] the sovereignty” of Islam across the globe. As the Zionist Organization of America explains: “The IRGC’s terror involvements have included: planning 9-11; murdering hundreds of American troops in Iraq; Iranian nuclear proliferation and weapons delivery systems development; plotting to set off a bomb in a Georgetown restaurant (to murder a Saudi diplomat and innocent American diners); providing weapons, training, funding, and logistical support to Iranian terrorist proxies, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Iraq-based militias, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Taliban; and numerous other major terror attacks, including on the Buenos Aires Jewish Center and U.S. personnel and facilities.”
Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence
In May 2020, Avril Haines was a signatory to a J Street letter arguing that the Democratic Party platform should incorporate additional criticism of Israel. The letter also drew a moral equivalence between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli Jews by employing the phrase “violence, terrorism, and incitement from ALL sides.” Further, the letter rejected the notion of Israeli and Jewish sovereign rights in the historically Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria, and it accused Israel of perpetrating an “occupation” of Palestinian land.
Reema Dodin, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs
In her student days at UC Berkeley, Reema Dodin was a campus radical who organized a number of anti-Israel rallies. Among other things, she was a leader of the Muslim Students Association, which grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic supremacist organization whose credo is: “God is our objective, the Koran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle [jihad] is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”
Dodin described the 9/11 attacks as an understandable response to U.S. support for Israel, which was “angering” Muslims worldwide. Drawing a parallel between the 9/11 hijackers and Palestinian jihadists, she said: “[N]ow you have three generations of Palestinians born under occupation. Maybe if you start to look at Palestinians as human beings, you will stop the suicide bombers.”
In a 2002 speech in California, Dodin justified suicide bombing as “the last resort of a desperate people.”
In their 2016 book, “Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That’s Conspiring to Islamize America,” co-authors P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry write that Dodin is “in regular contact” with the Hamas-affiliated Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR).
Robert Malley, Special U.S. Envoy for Iran
Since 2001, Robert Malley has written numerous controversial articles—some of which were co-authored with Hussein Agha, a former advisor to Yasser Arafat—blaming Israel and exonerating Arafat for the failure of the peace talks at Camp David. Malley’s account of the Camp David negotiations is entirely inconsistent with the recollections of the key figures who participated in those talks — most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, U.S. President Bill Clinton, and U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross (Clinton’s Middle East envoy).
In January 2008, a U.S. security official stated that Malley, who was then a policy director with the International Crisis Group (ICG),“has expressed sympathy to Hamas and Hezbollah and [has] offered accounts of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that don’t jibe with the facts.”
On May 9, 2008, the Barack Obama presidential campaign was forced to sever its ties with Malley after the latter told the Times of London that he secretly had been in regular contact with Hamas as part of his work for ICG.
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in 2010, Malley called for the U.S. “to unveil a set of parameters” that included the creation of a Palestinian state along the “1967 borders,” which would have been a suicidal move for Israel. He also advocated the deployment of third-party armed forces in Judea-Samaria, and the forced relocation of hundreds of thousands of Jews from their homes in that region. And he said that Israel should relinquish control of the Golan Heights to Syria, on the premise that Syria was “unlikely to sponsor militant groups … [or] destabilize the region … once an agreement has been reached.”
In January 2020, Malley condemned the Trump administration’s targeted killing of IRGC terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani, who was actively planning additional attacks against U.S. interests in the Middle East. Malley claimed that the killing of Soleimani made it “more likely” that global tensions would eventually “drag the country into another Middle East war.”
Ten months later, Malley condemned the Trump administration’s targeted killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a designated terrorist and a leading Iranian IRGC nuclear scientist, on grounds that his assassination would “make it all the more difficult for [President Trump’s] successor to resume diplomacy with Iran.”
Maher Bitar, Senior Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council
As a student at Georgetown University, Maher Bitar was an executive board member of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the Hamas-inspired BDS movement. A 2006 photo from that time period shows Bitar wearing a a keffiyah while dancing in front of a banner reading, “Divest from Israel Apartheid.”
At a Palestine Solidarity Movement conference at Georgetown in 2006, Bitar moderated a session that taught the attendees how to demonize Israel as a nation guilty of “colonization,” “occupation,” and “oppression.”
A few years later, Bitar was a presenter at a Sabeel conference featuring Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) leader Rebecca Vilkomerson, who supported BDS and invited the infamous Arab terrorist Rasmea Odeh to address a JVP meeting in 2017. Also at the Sabeel conference was Richard Falk, who has accused Israel of mistreating the Palestinians on a scale comparable to the Nazi efforts to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
When Bitar received a Master’s Degree from Oxford University, he wrote a thesis about the so-called “Nakba,” or “catastrophe,” of Israel’s creation in 1948.
Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel and Palestinian Affairs
In January 2002, Hady Amr wrote: “I was inspired by the Palestinian intifada,” of 1987. He also praised “the uprising’s character of self-imposed relative non-violence” – i.e., “Palestinian stones responding to Israeli tanks and guns.”
In 2002 as well, Amr warned that Arabs “will never, never forget what the Israeli people, the Israeli military and Israeli democracy have done to Palestinian children. And there will be thousands who will seek to avenge these brutal murders of innocents.” In addition, he accused Israel of numerous transgressions, including “ethnic cleansing.”
In recent years, Amr has strongly urged the U.S. and Israel to engage in peace negotiations with Hamas.
John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
At a Trilateral Commission meeting on April 25, 2014, John Kerry told a room full of influential world leaders that if no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be negotiated soon, Israel risked becoming “an apartheid state.” He also warned that if the latest round of Arab-Israeli peace talks were to fail, another wave of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens might result. “People grow so frustrated with their lot in life that they begin to take other choices and go to dark places they’ve been before, which forces confrontation,” he said.
On July 25, 2014, Israeli government ministers unanimously rejected a ceasefire plan that Kerry had proposed in order to stop the warfare between the Jewish state and Hamas. The Times of Israel revealed some of the details of Kerry’s plan: “To the ‘horror’ of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries…. The proposal, meanwhile, did not even provide for Israel to continue demolishing the Hamas network of ‘terror tunnels’ dug under the Israeli border.”
Kerry was a key force behind the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as a “bad mistake of historic proportions” that would enable Iran to “continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region.”
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