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Biden’s visit and the Jerusalem Declaration demand some determined opposition

July 19, 2022 at 8:48 am

US President Joe Biden (C) is welcomed by Israeli President Isaac Herzog (L) and caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, on July 13, 2022 [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]

During his visit to the Israeli occupation state, US President Joe Biden signed a joint agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called the Jerusalem Declaration, which aims to integrate Israel in the region and enable it to expand and exercise advanced roles in confronting threats; all by building a “regional architecture” that extends to Arab and Islamic countries. The declaration also included America’s assurance and full commitment to the security of the occupation state, maintaining its “military and qualitative superiority”, preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and working to confront Iranian activities in the region.

This US-Israeli declaration is a new form of aggression in the region, a dangerous move that threatens regional security and stability, and gives the occupation another green light to sow unrest and tension, spread devastation and destruction, and impose its complete control through terrorism, war and aggression. It also provides Israel with sufficient reasons to loot the region’s wealth and gives legitimacy to the occupation to carry out any action under the pretext of defence and maintaining security. This is an attempt to undermine any revitalisation of the Arab world and to divert it towards dangerous paths through multiple challenges that suck it into cycles of conflicts that are in the interest of the occupying power.

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Moreover, the declaration also reveals America’s total bias in favour of the Israeli occupation and Washington’s desire to develop Israeli superiority at all regional levels. It is obvious to all that there is no real US project for the countries in the Middle East and that successive American presidents compete to be the most loyal to the Zionist state with unprecedented political, economic and security support. It is also obvious that the Palestinian issue is not a priority anywhere on Biden’s agenda and has no importance in US foreign policy. Arabs and Muslims are required to comply fully and accept US control, and submit without question to what the US and Israel decide; they are not regarded as real allies, but must simply align themselves with what the US wants and forget about playing any other roles in any new alliances that do not include America and the occupation state.

Biden's first visit to the Middle East - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Biden’s first visit to the Middle East – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

This is a very dangerous reality that must be confronted, because the US is trying to bring regional countries under Israeli boots and force them to do everything that they are told. We must work to thwart this colonial expansionism and put an end to these aggressive policies at all levels. The regional states have failed at the official level, so the people must play an active role in confronting this shameful rush by some leaders towards rapprochement — or rather, an alliance — with the Israeli occupation state and engaging in the new “axis of evil” that is being arranged. This can be done by providing all forms of support to all of the parties engaged in opposing and resisting the occupation, rallying behind them, and preventing any demonisation and harassment of them. This has become the only hope in the face of the threats that afflict the Arab world.

Anyone betting on America’s position and policies is going to lose; it’s a risk that will not achieve anything positive for the region. Furthermore, rapprochement with the Israeli occupation is a backward step and a deviation that will drag the region into unprecedented danger unless practical steps and measures are taken to rearrange the Palestinian and Arab cards to overcome such a threat. These measures can change the face of the Middle East, so that we no longer see Israeli aircraft flying from Arab land to attack Arab or Islamic countries and even resistance forces. More damning still is the image of Arab wealth being looted to fill the US and Israeli coffers. This must stop.

This article first appeared in Arabic in the Palestinian Information Centre on 17 July 2022

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