On Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a $112 million assistance package to Palestinians, bringing the total amount of aid from the Biden administration to the region plagued by terrorist organizations like Hamas to $360 million.
“Meeting earlier in the day with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Blinken announced that the administration will notify Congress of its intention to provide $75 million in additional development and economic aid,” Fox News reported. “In addition, it will fund disaster assistance in Gaza to the tune of $5.5 million, and an additional $32 million to the controversial U.N. Palestinian refugee agency’s (UNRWA) emergency humanitarian appeal.”
President Abbas, who Blinken met with, was a leader of a terrorist organization when he was elected and is a holocaust denier who has repeatedly claimed that “the Zionist movement had ties with the Nazis.”
“This new assistance comes on top of significant support the United States has recently committed and resumed to the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinians, to different agencies and groups,” Blinken said. “In total, we are in the process of providing more than $360 million in urgent support for the Palestinian people.”
Blinken claimed that the goal was to rebuild “the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people” and that no aid would go to Palestinian terrorist organizations despite the Palestinian Authority being led by Abbas.
“As I told the president, I’m here to underscore the commitment of the United States to rebuilding the relationship with the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, a relationship built on mutual respect and also a shared conviction that Palestinians and Israelis alike deserve equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity and dignity,” Blinken said at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Fox News added, “Blinken met with both Palestinian and Israeli officials after an 11-day conflict that began when Hamas, a terror group that does not recognize Israel’s right to exist, launched rockets at Israel – which in turn responded with airstrikes.”
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question from a reporter about whether the White House had seen any circumstantial evidence that COVID-19 did not originate in a Chinese lab.
“Has the White House seen any circumstantial evidence that it did not originate in a lab?” a reporter asked Psaki.
“Well, I think, first, I would caution you against disproving a negative there — which is never the responsible approach, in our view, when it come — when it comes to getting to the bottom of the root causes of a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the United States,” Psaki responded. “I will say that our view continues to be that there needs to be an independent, transparent investigation — and that needs to happen with the cooperation and data provided from the Chinese government. We don’t have enough information at this point to make an assessment.”
The question comes after Republican Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on the evidence that COVID-19 had originated in a Chinese lab. The report stated that “significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This evidence includes:
- China’s history of research lab leaks resulting in infections.
- Warnings from U.S. diplomats in China as early as 2017 that the Wuhan lab was conducting dangerous research on coronaviruses without following necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic.
- Gain of Function research being conducted at the Wuhan lab that made coronaviruses more infectious in humans.
- Several researchers at Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms in fall 2019.
- The involvement in the Wuhan lab of the Chinese military, which has a documented biological weapons program.
- Multiple indications of attempts by Beijing to cover up the true circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
“By contrast, little circumstantial evidence has emerged to support the PRC’s claim that COVID-19 was a natural occurrence, having jumped from some other species to humans. For example, Chinese authorities have failed to identify the original species that allegedly spread the virus to humans, which is critical to their zoonotic transfer theory,” the report added.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn anti-Israel comments from her fellow Democrats on Thursday, while announcing that Biden is continuing economic negotiations with Iran as they openly fund terrorist organizations.
“So yesterday, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez accused Israel of using American weapons to target media outlets, schools, hospitals, other sites,” a reporter asked. “The other day, Congresswoman Omar called the Israeli prime minister an ethno-nationalist. I know you’ve talked about the White House’s message to Democrats, but does the president specifically denounced these comments?”
“I think we have a responsibility here to speak about this as the issue that it is, which is a conflict that is killing people in a region, and our efforts to bring that to an end,” Psaki responded. “The president doesn’t see this through the prism of domestic politics. He sees this through the prism of what role the United States can play as a leader in the global community to engage in quiet, intensive diplomacy, to bring an end to the suffering and the tragedy on the ground.”
Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn anti-Israel rhetoric from Democrat House members pic.twitter.com/tGdt46Xb9o
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 20, 2021
During the press conference, Psaki also said that Biden is continuing negotiations with Iran to remove sanctions, despite their current funding of Hamas and other terrorist organizations. The original Iran nuclear deal was widely criticized as Iran predictably used the $150 billion in funds acquired from the deal to fund those same terrorist organizations, and a reinstatement of that deal would obviously increase current funding.
“There’s reporting earlier that the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard said that the rocket attacks from Palestine hitting Israel was a sign of ‘a new Palestine.’ I’m wondering if that type of rhetoric coming out of Iran has any effect on the president’s eagerness to rejoin the treaty, the Iran nuclear agreement, and, sort of, if there is any interplay between those two spheres,” a reporter asked.
“I think it’s important to be very clear. Iran, they are bad actors, and they’re bad actors in the region,” Psaki responded. “And that is very clear. That is our position. However, we believe, the president believes, that it is in the best interest of the United States and in the best interest of countries in the region to have more visibility into Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and to prevent them from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”
Biden's Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden is continuing talks with Iran despite their support for Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel pic.twitter.com/hWr8iEVJiq
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 20, 2021
Democrat President Joe Biden will reportedly waive sanctions against the corporation and CEO in charge of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, according to Axios.
“The State Department will imminently send its mandatory 90-day report to Congress listing entities involved in Nord Stream 2 that deserve sanctions. Sources familiar with the drafting of the report tell Axios the State Department plans to call for sanctions against a handful of Russian ships,” Axios reported.
“The State Department will also acknowledge that the corporate entity in charge of the project (Nord Stream 2 AG) and its CEO (Putin crony and former East German intelligence officer Matthias Warnig) are engaged in sanctionable activities,” Axios continued. “However, the State Department will waive the applications of those sanctions, citing U.S. national interests.”
The report comes after the Biden administration blocked the Keystone XL pipeline, and after a cyberattack on a U.S. pipeline company caused fuel shortages across the East Coast.
Axios pointed out that the decision to waive sanctions contradicts Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s statement during his confirmation hearing, in which he said, “I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion” of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
“And so when it comes to congressional opposition to Nord Stream 2, congressional commitment to stopping that pipeline from ever being complete, it is virtually universal and it is bipartisan,” Sen. Ted Cruz asked (R-TX). “Can you commit to this committee today that the Biden administration will hold the line, will keep the sanctions, and will prevent the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from being completed?”
“Two things, if I may, Senator. First of all, the president-elect strongly agrees with you that Nord Stream 2 is a bad idea and he has been very clear about that. I need to look at the actual legislation. I am determined to do whatever we can to prevent that completion,” Blinken responded.
After the report that the Biden administration would be actively removing barriers to Russia building the pipeline despite Blinken’s claims, Sen. Cruz responded on Twitter, calling the Biden administration “the most pro-Russia” of the modern era.
Stunning. In defiance of U.S. law, Biden is actively helping Putin build his pipeline.
Objectively speaking, the Biden administration is shaping up to be the most pro-Russia administration of the modern era. https://t.co/3FwjiIILEc
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 18, 2021
On Tuesday, after 48 hours of Palestinian terrorist organizations launching hundreds of rockets at Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the terrorist organizations “will pay a very heavy price for their aggression,” and Israeli Defense Forces had already successfully killed multiple terrorist commanders.
“We are in the midst of a major campaign — Operation Guardian of the Walls,” Netanyahu said. “Yesterday and today, the IDF attacked hundreds of Hamas & Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. We have eliminated dozens of terrorists, including senior commanders. We have bombed Hamas command centers and toppled buildings that serve the terrorist organizations.”
“We will continue to attack with full force,” Netanyahu continued. “We have just finished a consultation and assessment of the situation with heads of the security establishment and we made decisions. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid — I tell you here — will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. I say here this evening — their blood in on their heads. Citizens of Israel, we stand united against a reprehensible enemy.”
“We will grieve for those who have been killed. We all pray for the wellbeing of the wounded,” Netanyahu concluded. “We all stand behind the IDF and the security forces. I ask everyone, without exception, to strictly follow the directives of the IDF Home Front Command and enter protected spaces, this saves lives. I tell you something else this evening: This campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength, we will restore security to the citizens of Israel.”
Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid and will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. Their blood is on their heads.
This campaign will take time. With determination, unity and strength, we will restore security to the citizens of Israel." pic.twitter.com/FRhEE34hRQ
— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 11, 2021