Caroline Glick host of the Caroline Glick Podcast joins Steve Bannon’s WarRoom to discuss the Biden Administration’s treatment of Israel. She breaks down the administration’s actions in her piece for the Jewish News Syndicate "360 degrees of hostility: The Biden administration and Israel.” The growing discontent among ordinary Israelis towards the Biden administration underscores a perceived abandonment of Israel’s interests. Initially, Biden’s visit to Israel was marked by reassurances of unwavering support, but subsequent actions have left many feeling betrayed. Negotiations involving the release of Palestinian terrorists in exchange for hostages and ceasefire agreements have raised significant concerns about Israel’s security and strategic interests.
Of particular concern is the reported hostage-for-terrorists deal overseen by CIA Director William Burns. The terms allegedly involve the release of hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinian terrorists, including mass murderers, in exchange for Israeli hostages held by Hamas. The potential repercussions of such a deal are dire, as released terrorists could reignite violence and terrorism in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, posing a grave threat to Israeli civilians and security forces alike.
Moreover, the administration’s insistence on pressuring Israel to allow unrestricted humanitarian aid into Gaza, despite the risk of inadvertently aiding Hamas, adds another layer of complexity. The redirection of aid into the hands of Hamas, as confirmed by Shin Bet director Ronen Bar, not only compromises Israel’s security but also perpetuates Hamas’s control over Gaza’s population.
The consideration of sanctions against Israelis accused of engaging in “settler violence” and the application of the Leahy Law to IDF operations in Judea and Samaria further strain relations between the two allies. These measures not only undermine Israel’s sovereignty but also hinder its ability to defend against terrorist threats and maintain law and order in disputed territories.
Additionally, the Biden administration’s attempts to influence Israeli politics and policies regarding Lebanon raise significant concerns. Efforts to prevent Israel from addressing the Hezbollah threat in southern Lebanon through military means, and instead advocating for a diplomatic solution, disregard Israel’s legitimate security concerns. The proposed deal, which would see Hezbollah forces relocating only a few kilometers north of the border, fails to address the root cause of the conflict and risks further destabilizing the region.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assertion of Israel’s sovereignty and independent decision-making reflects the growing tensions between the two allies. Despite appreciating the support received from the Biden administration in various areas, Netanyahu emphasizes Israel’s right to make sovereign decisions, especially when they diverge from U.S. interests or preferences.
As challenges continue to mount, Israel finds itself at a critical juncture where asserting its autonomy and safeguarding its security interests are paramount. The need for independent decision-making becomes increasingly evident as Israel navigates complex geopolitical dynamics and confronts external pressures that threaten its sovereignty and security.
Glick explains, that in the face of mounting challenges and potential disagreements with the United States, Israel must remain resolute in defending its interests and sovereignty. While maintaining strong ties with its allies, Israel must prioritize its security and strategic objectives, even if it means diverging from the preferences of its international partners. Ultimately, Israel’s ability to navigate these challenges and assert its independence will determine its ability to safeguard its future and security in an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape.