Energy Report: Betrayal

The Jesrsulam Post reported that "after the Biden administration considers the West Bank to be occupied territory, but ducked a question as to whether it held that settlements were illegal. “It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. The 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices release its report on Tuesday. It is the first of the annual reports released since Joe Biden took office in January.

The report affirmed steps taken by the previous administration of President Donald Trump, which had both recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. It also kept in place a description change made to the report by former President Trump, in which he replaced the phrase “Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories” with “Israel, West Bank, and Gaza.” But within the report, the Biden administration reintroduced the word “occupied” to describe Israel’s capture of territory during the 1967 Six-Day War. When quizzed by a reporter as to whether the US considered that Israel occupied the West Bank, Price affirmed that it did.

Syria is consumed by a decade-long civil war, Iran has been trying to open a new front on Israel’s border. It has sent allied forces to the Syrian Golan Heights to set up infrastructure for carrying out attacks on Israeli targets. It has also been working to arm its Hezbollah proxy terrorist group with precision rocket capabilities, shipping weapons through Syria to Lebanon.

Yet the Biden administration wants to reward Iran by opening up a path where they can get a nuclear weapon in the future. The regime, which is a source of unrest across the Middle East, does not deserve the credibility that the Biden administration wants to give it. By trying to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal just because they despise former President Donald Trump is not a good reason. At the same time, a deal that will allow Iran to sell oil unimpeded while the US puts restrictions on US producers is a slap in the face of the US energy industry that produces oil and gas cleaner than anyone else in the world. Iran has not earned the right to be given an advantage over US energy producers.

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