Uri Pilichowski
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Just the Facts FAQ: Trump/Biden on Israel

This combination of Sept. 29, 2020, photos shows President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (PATRICK SEMANSKY / AP)

My students (American teenagers) have prepared this document in order to help clarify both candidates for the American פresidency’s position on issues related to Israel. This document takes no sides, it aims to provide nothing but facts. The reader is encouraged to examine each candidate’s opinions and judge for themselves which candidate’s positions resonate with them. The document was given to both campaigns before publishing and each campaign had sufficient time to correct anything it felt was inaccurate.

Introduction: Love of Israel

(1) Does each candidate care about Israel?

President Donald J. Trump

I am a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel. I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state. I love Israel. I love Israel. I’ve been with Israel so long I’ve received some of my greatest honors from Israel, my father before me, incredible.

On my first trip overseas as President, I visited the Holy Land of Israel. I was deeply moved and amazed by what this small country had achieved in the face of overwhelming odds and never-ending threats. The State of Israel comprises only a miniscule amount of land in the Middle East and yet it has become a thriving center of democracy, innovation, culture, and commerce.

Israel is a light unto the world. The hearts and history of our people are woven together. The Land of Israel is an ancient home, a sacred place of worship, and a solemn promise to the Jewish people that we will never again repeat history’s darkest hour. The story of Israel is a tale of triumph in the face of centuries of oppression and persecution. The Jewish people endured, persevered, and flourished beyond measure, building a thriving, proud, beautiful, and mighty nation in the Holy Land.

America and Israel are woven together by history, heritage, and the hearts of our people. We share a love of freedom, democracy, religious liberty, the rule of law, and national sovereignty. The friendship between our countries is essential to achieving a more safe, just, and peaceful world. That is why every single day since I took the Oath of Office, I have stood firmly, strongly, and proudly with the people of Israel.

When the United States stands with Israel, the chances of peace really rise and rises exponentially. As everyone knows, I have done a lot for Israel: moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem; recognizing — recognizing the Golan Heights — and, frankly, perhaps most importantly, getting out of the terrible Iran nuclear deal. We will not allow a return to the days of bloodshed, bus bombings, nightclub attacks, and relentless terror. It won’t be allowed. Peace requires compromise, but we will never ask Israel to compromise its security. Can’t do that.

Vice President Joe Biden

My name is Joe Biden, and everybody knows I love Israel. I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist.

The first time I ever took the three of my children separately to Europe, the first place I took them was Dachau. We flew to Munich and went to Dachau — the first thing we ever did because it’s important that all our children and grandchildren understand that this is a never-ending requirement. The preservation of an independent Jewish state is the ultimate guarantor, it’s the only certain guarantor of freedom and security for the Jewish people in the world. I learned that the only way to ensure that it could never happen again was the establishment and the existence of a secure, Jewish state of Israel. Even as circumstances have changed, one thing has not: our deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel. That has not changed. That will not change. It’s in our naked self-interest, beyond the moral imperative.

The strategic imperative that Israel must be able to protect its own, must be able to do it on its own, and we must always stand with Israel to be sure that can happen. And we will.
Not long ago, I would have had to describe to an audience what Iron Dome was, how it would work, why funding it mattered. I don’t have to explain to anybody anymore.

Everybody gets it. Everybody saw — the world saw firsthand why it was and remains so critical.

Israel’s legitimacy and our support for it is not a matter of debate. There is no light. It is not a matter of debate. It is not a matter of debate. It is not negotiable. The idea that we would draw military assistance from Israel on the condition that they change a specific policy, I find to be absolutely outrageous. No, I would not condition it, and I think it’s a gigantic mistake.
Our commitment to the State of Israel is not only a longstanding, moral commitment, it’s a strategic commitment. An independent Israel, secure in its own borders, recognized by the world is in the practical, strategic interests of the United States of America. I used to say if there weren’t an Israel, we’d have to invent one. I’ve always been adamant that Israel must be able to defend itself. It’s not just critical for Israeli security. I believe it’s critical for America’s security.

Part One: Iran

(2) Was the Iran Nuclear Deal a good deal?
On the 14th of July in 2015 the Joint Comprehensive plan of action, JCPOA, also known as The Iran Deal, was signed between the United States, UK, Russia, France, and China to allow Iran to be an economically independent state. In return Iran was to abolish all nuclear activities for 10 years. Iran agreed to the terms. In return, America gave Iran $1.7 billion dollars and access to over $150 billion. Vice President Biden was part of the team who made the agreement with Iran. On May 8th, 2018 President Trump pulled America out of the deal.

Vice President Joe Biden
President Obama signed the JCPOA with Joe Biden as his Vice President. Vice President Biden shared President Obama’s view on the Iran deal. Back in 2015 Vice President Biden advocated the benefits of nuclear deal that President Obama signed with Iran. Vice President Biden maintains that five years ago, American-led diplomacy produced a deal that ensured it would take Iran at least a year to produce enough fissile material for one bomb. Critics who warned that the 10-year sunset clauses for key parts of the agreement paved Iran’s path to a bomb don’t get it, they’re wrong. The deal effectively cuts off Iran’s uranium, plutonium and covert pathways to a bomb. It ensured a breakout timeline of a year for at least a decade or more and included phased sanction relief calibrated with steps taken by Iran.

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump introduced his announcement of America’s parting from the JCPOA by referring to Iran as a Reign of Terror, proclaiming their history of murdering and kidnapping Americans and citizens of our allies, along with bombing American military stations. He comes to the conclusion that we can not reason with the unreasonable. President Trump maintained that although part of the deal allows America’s allies to freely go into Iran and conduct inspections, he believes it is impossible to inspect every part of Iran for any nuclear activity. President Trump felt that being a part of this deal was an embarrassment to the citizens of the country.

(3) Should America have pulled out of the Iran deal?

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump believes that pulling out of the Iran Deal was one of America’s greatest successes as he claims that “The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” Furthermore, in President Trump’s briefing about why pulling out of the Iran deal was essential, he explained how the Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror: it exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, and al Qaeda. Iran has also attacked the United States. The disastrous deal gave the Iranian regime billions of dollars, some of it in actual cash. The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, Iran could have been on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time. To make matters worse, the deal lacked sufficient mechanisms to prevent, detect, and punish cheating, and doesn’t even have the unqualified right to inspect many important locations, including military facilities.

Vice President Joe Biden
Pulling out of the Iran Deal put America against European allies. Vice President Biden argues that the Iran Deal instilled careful diplomacy and regulated the use of force that had kept Iran from reaching full potency. When Biden was asked about America pulling out of the Iran Deal he claimed, “a president who says he wants to end endless war in the Middle East is bringing us dangerously close to starting a new one.” Biden believes that the decision to pull from this deal is not what the American people wanted. “Iran is a destabilizing actor in the Middle East; it must never be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.” President Trump abandoned the deal that blocked Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons, as repeatedly verified by international inspectors, with no viable plan to produce a better one. Pulling out of the deal was a reckless action that produced a deep crisis in transatlantic relations and pushed China and Russia closer to Iran. The repercussions that the United States has been enduring because of such “impulsive action” has caused this country, rather than Iran, to be isolated. Pulling out of the deal also demonstrated to the world America’s word and international commitments meant nothing.

(4) Should America negotiate with Iran?

Vice President Joe Biden

At a recent UN Security Council meeting, none of America’s closest allies joined America’s request to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran. Vice President Biden disagrees with how President Trump handled Iran and believes that President Trump should not have gone against what our allies thought and also should not have walked away from the deal we already had with Iran- which was blocking Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon. The Iran deal ensured it would take Iran at least a year to produce enough fissile material for one bomb, and now that can happen in less than a few months as a result of President Trump letting Iran be free of its obligations to the deal.

Five years ago, Iran hadn’t attacked US forces in the region for years, but since President Trump’s pull out of the Iran deal, American service members, contractors and troops have been killed. Rockets are now fired at US facilities in Iraq regularly. Vice President Biden’s plan will include not allowing Iran to access nuclear weapons, calling Iran out on their human rights violations and insist that Iran free Americans unlawfully detained by Iran.

President Donald J. Trump
According to US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, he states that if Vice President Biden wins in next month’s US elections we would see American policy on Iran shift in a way that would be damaging to Israel and the Gulf states. In May 2018, Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal. The Trump administration and Israel expressed alarm that Iran had been empowered by the deal, increased its support for terror, and had a sunset clause that would eventually allow the bombing of Iran. The United States has imposed swarms of sanctions on Iran that have devastated its economy since breaking the accord. “We are in a very good place in terms of the sanctions we have imposed upon Iran, and we think if we continue down this path, Iran will have no choice but to end its malign activity,” Friedman said. President Trump believes America should negotiate a new deal with Iran, but a deal that actually stops Iran’s nuclear weapons pursuit, its state sponsor of terror, and other nefarious policies.

(5) Should America reenter the Iran deal?

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump’s position is that America should not reenter the Iran Nuclear Deal, since he sees the deal as a failure for America, a deal that only benefits Iran. President Trump prefers a more direct approach on Iran, with United Nations sanctions and restrictions on Iran instead of giving funding through the deal. President Trump also believes that the deal was “failed” and “one sided”, which is why he decided to withdraw from the deal. President Trump had the support of Israel and Saudi Arabia. The President left this deal with promises to implement a real, comprehensive, and lasting solution to the Iranian nuclear threat. Including efforts to eliminate the threat of Iran’s ballistic missile program, stop its terrorist activities worldwide, and blocking its destabilizing activities across the Middle East.

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden believes that America should reenter the Iran deal. Vice President Biden believes that leaving the Iran nuclear deal was a mistake. After the Obama administration, only then did Iran become more aggressive in its policies, not during the Obama administration as President Trump suggests. The whole process to create the Iran nuclear deal started in the Obama Administration, when President Obama and Vice President Biden brokered the Iran Nuclear Deal by working with the government of Iran to create it in 2015. If Iran moves back into compliance with its nuclear obligations, Vice President Biden pledges that he would re-enter the JCPOA as a starting point to work alongside America’s allies. Reentering the Iran deal would allow the United States to check all of the facilities and sites in Iran. After joining the deal, Vice President Biden plans on calling out Iran for all of their violations of human rights and also the unjustly imprisoned Americans.

(6) How should America deal with Iran’s nuclear weapons program?

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden thinks that President Trump has failed in keeping his promise to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Vice President Biden claims that President Trump promised to pressure the Iranian government into stopping their nuclear weapons program, but he never fulfilled his promise. He believes that Iran is now more motivated to acquire nuclear weapons because of President Trump’s failed plan. President Trump failed to get help from US allies to extend the weapons embargo on Iran. Vice President Biden believes that the Iran Deal was working to keep the country safe. Vice President Biden wants to offer Iran a chance to return to the nuclear deal. If Iran does decide to comply with the terms of the deal, Vice President Biden says he will rejoin the deal and extend the provisions given through the deal while also addressing other issues with Iran.

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump believes that America should stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program as soon as possible. He doesn’t want Iran to get their hands on a nuclear weapon. He repeatedly mentions how the Iran Deal was one of the worst deals the US has ever entered and decided to back out of it immediately and placed economic sanctions on Iran. President Trump wants to work with allies to impose penalties on Iran and stop them from advancing in their nuclear program. President Trump also feels that harsh sanctions and pressure on Iran can force them into stopping their nuclear weapons program, ballistic missile testing and sponsoring of global terrorism.

(7) How should America deal with Iran sponsoring global terror?

President Donald J. Trump
When President Trump first ran for president, he promised to stop Iran’s nuclear program and promised to pressure Iran into curbing its abusive behavior. President Trump pulled out of the Iran deal as the deal allows Iran to continue enriching uranium and continue to sponsor terror. Since he withdrew from the deal, Iran’s economy has been crippled. With the sanctions the Trump administration has set in place Iran’s financial sector has been harmed and America hopes to use sanctions to pressure Iran to stop sponsoring global terror.

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden plans to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran deal) which President Trump pulled out of and replaced with a plan of “maximum pressure.” Vice President Biden thinks the Iran deal forces and successfully pushes back against Iran, and President Trump leaving the deal was the worst thing that could have happened. Vice President Biden believes that through diplomacy and looking for opportunities, he will reach new arrangements with Iran that will make sure Iran will not continue to sponsor global terror.

Part Two – Israeli – Palestinian Conflict

(8) What role should America play in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

President Donald J. Trump

President Trump wants Israel and the Palestinians to achieve peace. President Trump and his administration are taking a different approach, focusing on economics instead of political and national issues. President Trump feels that offering the Palestinian people significant life improvements is more meaningful than the last promises of previous American administrations. Providing economic benefits to the Palestinians would override previous American offers to the Palestinians.

President Trump also defunded Palestinian refugee agencies and reduced foreign aid to the Palestinians. These moves have put economic pressure on the Palestinians. Trump’s stern approach is sending a message to the Palestinians that they will not be coddled anymore. There will be consequences for the Palestinians if they are antagonistic to the United States, or if their demands for a new state are unrealistic. He wants the next generation of Palestinian leaders to focus on developing an economically stable future. President Trump feels that the economic incentives and the recognition of Israel by other countries will pressure the Palestinians to accept his deal.

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden wants to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He believes that the best way to do this is to create a two-state solution. In August of 2019, he said the following: “I believe a two-state solution is the only path to long-term security for Israel while sustaining its identity as a Jewish democratic state. It is also the only way to ensure Palestinian dignity and their legitimate interest in national self-determination. It is a necessary condition to take full advantage of the opening that exists for greater cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors.” Vice President Biden wants to encourage both sides to truly take a step forward and create a two-state solution. Vice President Biden mentioned that the Trump administration policies destroyed the possibility of an Israeli peace agreement with the Palestinians.

(9) Should America support a two state solution?

Vice President Joe Biden

Vice President Biden maintains that a two-state solution is the only way to truly have peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He has previously mentioned that a two-state solution is “the only path to long-term security for Israel, while sustaining its identity as a Jewish and democratic state.” He also says, “It is also the only way to ensure Palestinian dignity and their legitimate interest in national self-determination.” Although he believes this, Vice President Biden mentions that neither Israeli or Palestinian leaders seem ready to accept the political risks necessary to make progress on the two-state solution. In addition, he mentions that Palestinians have to “step up” and that Palestinian authority has to stop encouraging violence and rejecting significant offers.

He believes that Israel’s military occupation is a real problem and that the settlements located in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria are unnecessary. Biden recently said that Israel should not do anything to jeopardize a two-state solution while referencing reports that Israel may try to annex part of the West Bank. He explained, “A priority now for the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace should be resuming our dialogue with the Palestinians and pressing Israel not to take actions that make a two-state solution impossible,” The only way a two-state solution will be possible is if both sides remain at “peace” with each other and don’t instigate anything that could start an argument. He believes that Israel annexing parts of the West Bank would be a terrible decision and greatly opposes it.

President Donald J. Trump

President Trump agrees that there should be a two state solution and advocates for it. As he said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the UN General Assembly, “I like the two-state solution. Yeah. That’s, what I think, that’s what I think works best.” President Trump aims to help Israelis and Palestinians have direct negotiations and create lasting economic prosperity. President Trump feels that his plan is the most realistic solution to a problem that has plagued the region for far too long. It creates a path to prosperity, security, and dignity for all involved. If the Israelis and Palestinians can agree on this framework as a basis for negotiations, the potential for both the Israelis and the Palestinians and the region is unlimited.

In President Trump’s peace plan, the two state solution doesn’t mean that Israel has to give up land to the Palestinians. Israel gets to extend sovereignty to its towns in Judea and Samaria and Palestinians create an independent state on the remaining 70% of the land. President Trump’s plan helps the Palestinians have their own state with the right of self-determination.

(10) Should America give aid to the Palestinian Authority?

President Donald J. Trump
Prior to President Trump’s election, America was a large financial backer of the Palestinian Authority. America gave UNRWA (The UN agency that deals with Palestinian refugees) $359.3 million in 2017, accounting for about a quarter of their budget. President Trump’s inauguration marked the beginning of a new period for American-Palestinian aid, as the President, effectively demonstrating his support for Israel and lack thereof for the dictatorship that has characterized the Palestinian Authority in recent years, cut aid substantially in his time in office. The Trump Administration, as part of an ongoing review on the allocation of federal aid funds, determined that the Palestinian Authority was not properly distributing funds to humanitarian causes, but rather using them to finance terrorism against Israelis. In 2017, President Trump reduced funding to the Palestinian Authority to a remarkable low of $61 million dollars, and although it increased to $251 million in the following years, his actions are reflective of his overarching attitude towards the Palestinian Authority’s use of American funds. President Trump passed these views into legislation with the 2018 Taylor Force Act, which orders any payments that directly benefit the Palestinian Authority be suspend until the PA reforms its usage of these payments to not endorse terrorism. In the same year, he cut UNRWA funding to just over ⅙ of what it had been in the year before, providing them with only $65 million dollars.

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden will restore Palestinian aid if he is elected President. In January of 2020 Vice President Biden claimed he would restore American aid to the Palestinians. Vice President Biden stated that he will restore the “decades-long economic aid and security assistance efforts to the Palestinians” if he is elected President. “I’m going to reverse Trump’s administration steps I think significantly undercut the prospects of peace and restore diplomatic relationships with the Palestinian Authority and assistance to support the Israeli Palestinian security cooperation and economic, humanitarian aid for Palestinian people. I’m going to fully support the Taylor Force Act, which holds aid to the Palestinian Authority based on payments they make to terrorists in Israeli jails.” He claims that by using the aid properly, Israel can benefit too.

(11) Should America support extending Israeli sovereignty (annexation) to Judea and Samaria (The West Bank)?

Vice President Joe Biden
The current Trump administration and the current Israeli government have a plan to begin a partial extension of Israeli sovereignty of Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria that covers 30% of the territory. Vice President Biden is against this plan. During a public fundraiser with members of the American Jewish community Vice President Biden said, “I do not support annexation. The fact is, I will reverse Trump’s undercutting of peace”. Vice President Biden is against the annexation plans because he supports a two state solution with the West Bank as a Palestinian state.

President Donald J. Trump
Under the Trump administration the US recognized that Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria are not inconsistent with international law. The Trump administration maintains that Israel has every right to have towns in Judea and Samaria. The Trump peace plan supports Israel’s extension of sovereignty to its towns in Judea and Samaria. President Trump feels that as long as normalization between Israel and other Arab countries is still a possibility, Israel should not extend sovereignty to its towns in Judea and Samaria.

(12) Should America support Israeli settlement expansion?

President Donald J. Trump

Early in his administration, President Trump did publicly urge Prime Minister Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a little bit.” Prior to their meeting, the White House had told Israel to stop announcing new settlements. Press secretary Scott Spicer said, “While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal.”

The Trump administration believes that Israel’s West Bank settlements do not violate international law. In the previous administration, American policy on Israeli settlements was to declare Israeli settlement expansion in Judea and Samaria a major obstacle to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an impediment to peace. At the end of the Obama administration, President Obama abstained (instead of vetoing) a U.N. resolution declaring settlements “a flagrant violation under international law.” The Obama administration’s abstention allowed the U.N. resolution to pass.

President Trump’s peace plan allows existing Israeli settlements to expand within their borders as long as the Palestinians refuse to negotiate. If the Palestinians refuse to negotiate for more than four years, the Trump administration sees no reason why Israel shouldn’t continue to expand the settlements. Israel has made multiple announcements of settlement expansion and the Trump administration has not commented.

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden does not support Israeli settlement expansion. Vice President Biden believes that President Trump made a “gigantic Mistake” in letting Israel expand its settlements. If Vice President Biden were to become president, it is likely that he would want Israel to stop expanding its settlements. Vice President Biden is opposed to Israeli annexation of its settlements in the West Bank outside a framework of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Vice President Biden considers settlement expansion an impediment to a negotiated two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the past Vice President Biden has publicly scolded Israel over Jewish settlement plans, saying they were undermining peace efforts. Vice President Biden has said that Israel’s government needs to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians and said settlement expansion is weakening prospects for peace. “Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding, in my view, the prospect of a two-state solution.” Unlike previous administrations, Vice President Biden felt that Israeli building in Jerusalem was also out of bounds. He said, “The Israeli government’s decision to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem undermines that very trust, the trust that we need right now in order to begin profitable negotiations.”

(13) Should America consider Israeli settlements consistent with international law?

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden has never publicly stated his opinion about whether Israeli settlements are consistent with international law. He maintains Israeli settlements are an impediment to a negotiated two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is strongly opposed to Israeli annexation of its settlements in the West Bank outside a framework of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

President Donald J. Trump
In November of 2019 American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced, “The Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements. After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan. The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law. Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn’t worked. It hasn’t advanced the cause of peace.” In this announcement President Trump broke with decades of policy.

(14) Should America publicly criticize Israel?

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump and the Trump administration have not publicly criticized Israel during their time in office. Israeli Ambassador to America Ron Dermer said, “For the first time in many years, perhaps even many decades, there is no daylight between our two governments.”

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden has publicly criticized Israel’s policies, Prime Ministers and government many times. He has recently said he was disappointed in Mr. Netanyahu for having moved “so, so far to the right” and called for Israel to “stop the threat of annexation” of West Bank territories.

(15) Should American aid to Israel be conditioned?

Vice President Joe Biden
Vice President Biden said that cutting off aid to Israel’s military would be a tragic mistake. He recognized that Israel is the only true ally in the region. When asked by a reporter whether he would be open to the idea of leveraging aid to the Jewish state, Vice President Biden said it would be a “gigantic mistake.” Vice President Biden said that calls from other Democrats for American aid to Israel be conditioned on an end to settlement expansion are “absolutely outrageous.”

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump does not think American military aid should be conditioned on any Israeli policy. He maintains that calling for American military aid to be conditioned on Israeli policy is a demonstration of anti-Israel positions.

(16) What should America expect of the Palestinians?

President Donald J. Trump
President Trump feels there is a new way to “achieve peace, security, and opportunity for Israel and the Palestinian people.” President Trump maintains that It will be up to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to take courageous and bold actions to end the political stalemate, resume negotiations on the basis of this Vision, and make lasting peace and economic prosperity a reality. If the Palestinians have concerns with this Vision, they should bring them forth in the context of good-faith negotiations with the Israelis and help make progress for the region. Mere opposition to this Vision is simply a declaration of support for the hopeless status quo that is the product of decades of stale thinking.

Vice President Joe Biden
On the campaign trail this year Vice President Biden said, “The Palestinians have to step up too and be prepared to stop the hate that they have caused.” At another campaign stop, Vice President Biden said, “You also gotta pressure the Palestinians.” Pointing again to the Palestinian Authority’s support for encouraging violence against Israelis, as well as to previous rejections of “significant offers” from Israel by Palestinian leaders.

About the Author
Rabbi Uri Pilichowski is an educator. As a teacher, author and speaker, he teaches Torah and Politics, where he specifically emphasizes rational thought and conceptual analysis.
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