US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday vowed to oppose Israeli settlements or annexation in the West Bank, but promised to judge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming government by actions, not individuals.
Mr. Netanyahu is expected to return to power after reaching an alliance agreement with far-right movements including religious Zionism, which will be given a post in charge of settlements. in the occupied West Bank.
Speaking to J Street, a pro-Israel US progressive group, Blinken offered his congratulations to the veteran Israeli leader, who has clashed with previous Democratic administrations in Washington.
“We will judge governments by the policies they pursue rather than individuals,” Blinken said.
However, he said the administration of President Joe Biden would work “unrelentingly” to maintain a “hopeful horizon”, though dim, of the creation of a Palestinian state.
“We will also continue to firmly oppose any action that undermines the prospects of a two-state solution, including, but not limited to, settlement expansion, moving towards annexation of the West Bank, demolition disrupt the historical status quo of holy sites, destroy and deport, and incite violence,” Blinken said.
Blinken said the Biden administration will stick to “core democratic principles including respecting the rights of LGBTQ people and providing equal justice for all Israeli citizens.”
The far-right groups in Mr Netanyahu’s coalition will include Noam, whose leader Avi Maoz is staunchly opposed to LGBTQ rights.
Netanyahu was quick to say that the Pride march in Jerusalem would continue, contradicting Maoz, who had vowed to cancel it.
Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of religious Zionism who was supposed to play a key role, was a staunch supporter of Jewish settlements and once hung in his living room. portrait of Baruch Goldstein, who massacred 29 Palestinians at a mosque in Hebron in 1994.
The November 1 election is Israel’s fifth in less than four years and comes after the collapse of a mixed coalition trying to stem the Netanyahu scandal.
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