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The new Biden administration appeared to signal a shift in U.S. policy towards Israel on Wednesday immediately following Joe Biden being sworn in as the nation’s 46th president.

The Biden administration changed the name of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s Twitter account to state, “the official Twitter account of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,” which marks a shift away from the Trump administration’s pro-Israel policies.

“The change in title marks a significant shift in policy toward Israel,” The Washington Free Beacon reported. “The United States has for decades declined to take a policy position on the West Bank and Gaza territories, maintaining the Israelis and the Palestinians must decide in negotiations how the areas will be split up for a future Palestinian state. By including Gaza and the West Bank in the ambassador’s portfolio, the Biden administration appears to be determining that neither area is part of Israel—a move that is certain to rile Israeli leaders,” the outlet continued. “The incoming administration’s move also signals that it will elevate the next ambassador’s role to include conducting direct diplomacy with Palestinian leaders, including in the Gaza Strip, where the Hamas terror group maintains control. This is the only ambassador tasked with conducting diplomacy in a region controlled by a U.S.-designated terror group.”

The move by Biden came just shortly after he said during his inauguration speech that he would “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again.” Israel is largely considered to be one of America’s greatest allies and the top U.S. ally in the region.

Critics immediately began pushing back on the move on social media and commentators noted that it likely signaled a shift in U.S. policy toward Israel.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) wrote on Twitter: “The Biden Admin title change for the @USAmbIsrael shows the Democrats’ hostility to Israel. There is no country of West Bank or Gaza, only territories that Israel has been willing for decades to negotiate sovereignty over but has been met with only hostility and terrorism.”

Author Abhinav Agarwal wrote: “This is what they can do to their closest ally. Now imagine when they set their eyes on India.”

Alliance Initiative Executive Director Noah Pollak noted: “But seriously, we’re doing an Ambassador to Gaza? Which is run by a terrorist group that calls for the destruction of Israel and America. Need to be consistent and nominate Ambassadors to ISIS, al Qaeda, and Hezbollah too.”

TechWatch Vice President Dan Gainor wrote: “Democrats side with terrorists.”

National Review writer David Harsanyi wrote: “When Biden said he will ‘repair our alliances,’ he meant the PLO and Hamas.”

When Biden said he will “repair our alliances,” he meant the PLO and Hamas. https://t.co/NyDIb8SUaD

— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) January 20, 2021

Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn wrote: “All Jewish Americans who care about @Israel need to pay attention to Biden’s mistreatment of the Jewish State from day 1.”

Journalist Yashar Ali wrote: “Changes already happening. A follower noticed that the US Ambassador to Israel’s Twitter account now says ‘US Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,’ noting that the US under Biden does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza.”

Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA) wrote: “Just a few hours on the job, and the Biden Administration has already made moves to change longstanding policy—of both Republican and Democrat Administrations—toward Israel. This decision should be reversed immediately.”

StopAntisemitism.org commented: “So we’re now dealing with Hamas (the terror grouping that controls Gaza) on a diplomatic level?”

Townhall editor Guy Benson wrote: “Gaza is run by a terrorist organization.”

Following the intense backlash that ensued, the Biden administration changed the Twitter account back.

Free Beacon reporter Adam Kredo noted the update: “The official account has been changed back to state only, ‘U.S. Ambassador to Israel.’ Still no explanation from State on what’s happening here.”

This report has been updated to include additional information.

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire: Biden Appears To Signal Shift On Israel After Claiming In Speech That He Would ‘Repair Our Alliances’

Several House Republicans introduced a measure on Tuesday to censure President Donald Trump and condemn what happened last week in what appears to be an attempt to stave off impeachment efforts from Democrats.

“Today, January 12th, 2020, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and colleagues introduced a concurrent resolution to censure the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, for attempting to unlawfully overturn the 2020 Presidential election and for violating his oath of office on January 6th, 2021,” a statement from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-PA) office said. “In the aftermath of the riot at the Capitol last week, lawmakers have the solemn duty to accomplish two missions: hold the President fully and unequivocally accountable for his actions, and simultaneously calm and heal the fever-pitch tensions in our country.”

The statement noted how Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) supports censuring the president rather than taking more drastic measures and also notes recent remarks from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who said that the move to impeach Trump was “ill advised.”

“Moreover, both Democrat and Republican Members of the U.S. Senate are convinced that the House’s impeachment efforts will almost certainly result in a second acquittal of President Trump, which would even further divide and inflame tensions in our nation,” the statement added. “There are two constitutional purposes of impeachment: 1) removal from office, and 2) barring the future holding of office. The current approach being advanced by House leadership is certain to accomplish neither one of these.”

The resolution censures and condemns Trump for the events on January 6, 2021, and calls on Congress to publicly call out Trump for his actions and to recognize that Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect.

Republican members gave the following statements on the resolution:

Fitzpatrick: “President Trump’s attempts to undermine the outcome of the 2020 election have been unconscionable. The combination of a false information campaign coupled with inflammatory rhetoric led to the devastation that I was a personal witness to on the House Floor on January 6th. His actions threatened the integrity of our democracy, Congress, and his own Vice President. For months, President Trump has been lying to the American people with false information, and giving his supporters false expectations. The election is over. Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States on January 20th, 2021. President Trump’s actions, behavior, and language are unacceptable and unbecoming of the office he holds for the next eight days.”

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY): “This is an important step to hold the President accountable. Congress must make clear that it rejects extremism and condemns the President’s actions. We will continue to push for Congressional leaders to work with us on investigating the events surrounding this dark period in our history and make sure it never happens again with the public’s trust in our democratic institutions restored.”

Rep. Young Kim (D-CA): “The violence that our nation witnessed on Wednesday was abhorrent and resulted in an assault on law enforcement, lives lost and many more put in danger. These rioters must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The president also misled many Americans to believe that the outcome of the election could change on January 6th, when that simply was not true, and must held accountable for his role. I believe censuring the president after his actions helps hold him accountable and could garner wide bipartisan support, allowing the House to remain united during some of our nation’s darkest days. I’m proud to join Rep. Fitzpatrick and others in introducing this resolution today. Like many of my colleagues, I came to Washington promising to bridge the divide. I hope both parties can acknowledge our role in perpetuating division and come together to support this effort and move forward for our constituents and the nation.”

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI): “A peaceful transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next is the bedrock of the American republic. Last Wednesday that bedrock was almost destroyed. President Donald Trump must be held accountable for his actions, and a censure is appropriate.”

This report has been updated to include additional information.

Author: Ryan Saavedra

Source: Daily Wire : House Republicans Take New Action On Trump In Hopes Of Avoiding Impeachment

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