Biden visit puts US and Israeli interests ahead of legitimate Palestinian rights and regional security – Middle East Monitor
US President Joe Biden is visiting the Middle East in the coming days. He will meet with Zionist leaders in occupied Palestine, followed by a courtesy meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. Biden will then travel to Saudi Arabia on a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Riyadh. According to his article in the Washington Postit is a deliberate step intended to help achieve one of the most important objectives of the visit: the “normalization” of relations between the Israeli entity and the states of the region.
Biden will conclude his visit with a conference where leaders of select Arab countries will announce the creation of a new security forum that will bring them together with Israel under the auspices of the United States. The hope is that it will be a “NATO” of the Middle East to coordinate security developments in the region. This is a major step on the road to the institutionalization of the apartheid state, which is a radical movement against regional history and values.
Biden heads to the region after eighteen months of political mismanagement that could lead to a resounding midterm election setback for him. His handling of international affairs has been confused; we may be heading for a third world war.
There are three main purposes for his visit. For starters, he wants to solve the global oil crisis that is affecting economies around the world, including that of the United States. Rising prices and inflation, at their highest for 40 years, portend a deep economic recession with all that that implies in terms of political and social repercussions. Biden is thus seeking to persuade the Saudi government to boost oil production in order to drive down prices and deprive Russia of record revenues from the current high cost of oil. In all of this, the US president is backtracking on many of the policies he announced at the start of his term, including respect for democratic values, human rights and good governance.
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Moreover, according to the American vision, the Middle East must be redesigned to allow the integration of the Zionist entity and legitimize its existence without resolving the ongoing conflict in occupied Palestine, despite the declared preference of the United States for the solution to two states. This will portray the occupation state as a regional leader in terms of security and military affairs, ostensibly under U.S. oversight as a compensation for declining U.S. physical presence in the Middle East, at the expense of focus on other conflicts, with China and Russia for example.
The courtesy visit to meet Abbas is a concession to buy Palestinian calm in exchange for empty political promises and pockets full of dirhams. The talk is that the Palestinian Authority will get $200 million and approval for the provision of 4G telecommunications.
Biden has no practical political vision in his back pocket to resolve the conflict, even under the US-backed two-state solution and Washington’s rejection of Israel’s illegal annexations and settlements. The current administration has embraced the same vision as Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, included in the so-called “deal of the century”, with “economic peace” improving conditions for Palestinians in the open Zionist prison. This is seen as an improvement in the position of the occupation state and its strategy of conflict management rather than conflict resolution.
Meanwhile, Biden will meet Israel’s temporary rulers against the norm in the relationship and take with him a political investment with huge economic prospects for the occupation state, helping to break the siege imposed on the entity for decades in the region. The US president wants to continue Trump’s “Abraham Accords” policy of normalization.
All signs suggest that the Biden administration will fail to achieve any of its mid- to long-term goals, and that he will not be able to save himself and his party at home; nor will it succeed in legitimizing the apartheid fascist entity or integrating it fully into the region. There will be no regional consensus behind Washington’s policy, neither on its position towards Israel and Iran, nor even in the confrontation with Russia and China.
On the Palestinian level, these latest superficial measures may prolong the life of the Oslo PA a little, but it faces unprecedented popular rejection. The Palestinian Authority and its political and legal basis – the “Oslo Accords” – overshot, killed by US-backed Zionist policies. The Palestinians know the extent of the destruction and the labyrinthine politics that Oslo has brought us, and they will not allow this farce to continue. They will respect their legitimate rights and insist on realizing their dreams of freedom, independence and return, however long it takes, by all means, including legitimate armed resistance.
The Palestinian people read their history well and reached out for justice and peace based on legitimate rights, but this gesture was met with unprecedented racism and brutality imposed with international coverage and support, especially from the United States. Our people began their resistance to the Zionist project more than a hundred years before the establishment of the occupying entity, and are ready to continue this resistance for another hundred years until the end of Zionism and the establishment of a Independent Palestinian State with Jerusalem as its Capital.
A Middle Eastern “NATO” will aim to integrate the apartheid entity and legitimize its existence. It is an expression of superficial strategic thinking and ignorance of the nature of the region. It is likely to face enormous challenges which inevitably will see it fail sooner or later, just as other regional political and economic entities have failed in the past. Not all of them succeeded in achieving their goals, despite their great potential for success, because they were never based on the free will of the people. Instead, as with this new “NATO”, they existed to defend the interests of unpopular regimes and policies that are incompatible with regional history and culture.
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Like it or not, non-Arab regional countries like Iran and Turkey will remain at the center of the Middle East. What they share with other countries in the region is too great to be undermined by such Zionist-imposed schemes. Israeli apartheid contributed directly to the weakening of the region and will remain foreign to the region’s DNA.
The real problem is not in American politics or Zionist ambitions, but rather in the fact that there are regimes in the Middle East willing to form alliances with an entity that for decades has spared no no effort to destabilize the region and continues to occupy Arab territories. territory. How can the countries of the region allow the establishment of Israeli military bases on their lands to threaten their Arab and Muslim neighbors? Concerns about the regional policies of, for example, Iran, are a red herring; the bottom line is that Iran is a neighbor with whom we all share strategic interests. This will not be changed by artificial alliances intended to waste energy and regional resources in useless battles.
Moreover, how can the Zionist entity bring stability to the region when it cannot even produce its own stable government? Far-right extremism is a disease that has pushed Israel toward a fifth general election in less than four years, and all indications are that it will lead to a sixth soon after.
On top of that, despite American support at all levels, including $3 billion in “military aid” every year, the apartheid occupation state was caught off guard by the Palestinians, largely part civilians, across their occupied lands and beyond during the historic Battle of the Sword of Jerusalem last year. Israeli towns and settlements could not be protected from locally made resistance rockets, despite the advanced technology available to the occupation. How can such an artificial entity with fragile foundations and foreign to its environment be able to protect others?
The only solution for our region is strategic dialogue to build consensus to steer it towards a better future of unity, independence, prosperity and liberation for Palestine. The dismantling of the occupying entity is essential, not only because it is the usurper of Palestinian land and rights, but also because it is an agent of Western colonialism designed to sabotage and destabilize the region.
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Middle Eastern leaders who want the region to have a vibrant and viable future should form a strong political alliance to oppose the colonial project and its strategic interests. The United States and its protege will not back down from the project if it knows that there is no strong, coherent and widespread resistance across the region that can exhaust its capabilities and put its interests at risk. There have been a number of examples to learn from in recent history, from Vietnam to Afghanistan to Somalia to Iraq. In this context, such an alliance of regional resistance can be strengthened by open and strategic relations with emerging international powers, in particular Russia and China.
Official Palestinian leaders have repeatedly failed to take serious steps to reform the local political system so that it expresses the will of the people and represents everyone. He always takes political bets and bets on parties that have never paid any attention to the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and do not make them a priority. Palestinian political and civil forces must not delay in forming a national salvation front to correct the course of the nation and reform the system in a way that serves our national project and the just aspirations of our people. We remain assured of the justice of our cause and the inevitability of victory, the return of the refugees and the demise of the Zionist entity.
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