For years, the message from Israel was that you can’t be altruistic toward those who want to kill you. This is a principle that is etched into the Jewish soul from too many past experiences.
Yet US Administrations catered to the "victimhood" demands of the Palestinians.
Governments, burdened with the notion that a two-state solution is the only answer to the Israel-Palestinian impasse, have been hectoring Israel while funding Palestinian rejectionism and violence.
Obama-Biden bought into the nonsense that peace can only come when Israel withdraws to vulnerable 1967 borders which, in 1967, were never borders at all.
They gave money to terrorists and threatened to cut off aid to Israel if Jews went to live in Judea & Samaria known, in another act of duplicity, as the West Bank.
The West Bank of what? Jordan? Dive into that conundrum and you end up on Israel’s side.
Jordan invaded the nascent Jewish State more than once with a determination to kill or drive out Jews from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, turning the land into a Jew-free territory.
Thank G-d they failed. However, they occupied all of Judea and Samaria including the Old City of Jerusalem in a war of aggression in 1948 until 1967 when they, and other armies, decided to obliterate the rest of Israel.
Against all odds, the Israeli Defense forces liberated Jerusalem and drove the Jordanian army not only out of the Old City, but all the way back across the Jordan River.
Calling it "the West Bank" as if it is still the western part of Jordan is an anathema to Israelis. It also points to the lie of national Palestinian claims to this land.
Then all hell let loose! Massacres, plane hijackings, a terror war now in its 40th year. All based on Jew hatred. All sound and fury, signifying a lie.
Sadly, he got in the way of a Palestinian terrorist on a stabbing rampage in the old port of Jaffa. Eleven Israelis were stabbed plus Taylor, who died of his injuries. The attacker was shot dead by the Israeli police after a chase along the Tel Aviv beach front.
Such terrorists are glorified in Palestinian circles. Taylor’s killer is called a martyr even to today, and his family continues to receive a monthly stipend from the Palestinian Authority courtesy, until President Trump came along, of American taxpayers’ money.
Most egregiously, most European government continue to contribute to this awful “Pay to Slay” policy.
The Taylor Force Act of 2018 stopped giving $200 million annually to the PA.
The Act also allows Americans to sue in its courts against those receiving US foreign aid over alleged complicity in “acts of war.” This also applies to acts of terror against US citizens abroad. As a result of this the US Government has stopped more than $60 Million to the Palestinian Authority by virtue of this clause.
To this day, the Palestinians continue to incite violence and terror, reject all peace proposals, and continue to kill Israelis, and anyone standing in their way.
He promised, "I will reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem, find a way to re-open the PLO’s diplomatic mission in Washington, and resume the decades-long economic and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians that the Trump Administration stopped."
Which shows he learnt nothing in his eight-years in the White House.
The Zionist Organization of America called on Joe Biden to “fund American Jobs, not foreign Palestinian Arab Terrorists.”
Taylor’s parents have been vociferous in objecting to Biden’s Palestinian pledge.
However, it is far more likely that Biden will cater to his Red-Green Democrat Alliance than to the ZOA, or even to the family of a murdered American.
Biden is making the same fatal mistake that he, and his boss, Barrack Obama, made when they suckered up to the Mad Mullahs of Tehran with billions of dollars that went directly into their own “Pay to Slay” policy, as Iran reaped mayhem and bloodshed across the Middle East.
It is the Democrats version of throwing money against a problem hoping some of it will stick.
Biden must either retract this deadly promise, or be opposed in the upcoming US election.
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
Author of “Fighting Hamas, BDS. And Anti-Semitism.” https://www.amazon.com/s?k=fighting+hamas%2C+bds+and+anti-semitism&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&ref=nb_sb_noss