POTUS Joe Biden’s decision this week to undo President Trump’s punishment of the Palestinians regarding the failure of their leaders to eliminate terrorism against Israel is a slap in the face to world Jewry.
In my opinion, Biden’s actions such as re-establishing ties with leaders who continue to support terrorism makes me very uneasy about the future of Middle East peace talks.
US Sen Res. 97 in 1989
Nearly 33 years ago, 24 lawmakers submitted Senate Resolution 97 – Relating To PLO Terrorism dated April 7, 1989.
Biden should be very aware of that resolution because he was serving as a senator at that time. However, Biden did not appear as a signatory on this resolution.
The resolution introduced by Mr. Helms goes on to say that –
Whereas the Palestine Liberation Organization failed to live up to its commitment to refrain from terrorism, as outlined in the Declaration of November 7, 1985, by carrying out no less than 92 terrorist attacks resulting in the deaths of 4 Americans; and
Whereas Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist attacks on Israel have in the past resulted in the deaths of innocent Americans and, as such, continuing Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist attacks in Israel present a threat against the lives of innocent Americans visiting the Holy Land.
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That in the event further talks are held with the Palestine Liberation Organization–
the top priority of the United States in any such talks should be the prevention of terrorist and other violent activity by the Palestine Liberation Organization or any of its factions.
In addition, Mr. Helms said the following-
Mr. President, on December 14, 1988, the State Department determined that, by virtue of a statement by Yasser Arafat, the PLO had fulfilled the conditions required by law for discussions with U.S. officials to commence.
At that time, many observers felt that our Government made a tactical error in dealing with Yasser Arafat. I publicly questioned the wisdom of trying to combat terrorism by negotiating with terrorists. The State Department should have required that the conditions in the law–that the PLO renounce terrorism, recognize Israel, and accept UN Resolutions 242 and 338–be met not just in words, but in practice as well.
There was doubt then, and doubt now, whether the PLO would and will live by the commitments made on December 14 by Yasser Arafat. Yasser Arafat is a terrorist and the PLO is a terrorist group–and we cannot expect terrorists to keep their word.
Nothing has changed in all these years.
In my humble opinion, all Americans must realize that the latest move by the Biden administration is very dangerous. To resume financial support to the Palestinians will most likely result in a portion of those funds finding their way to terrorist groups determined to destroy Israel and kill innocent Israelis and American Jews such as myself and my family.
Is this where you want your tax dollars to go, America?