The Debate - U.S. Support for Israel

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The new administration of President Joe Biden will keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem Al-Quds, as affirmed by his nominee for secretary of state Antony Blinken. Palestinians have reacted with outrage at the remarks. Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said Blinken’s remarks ran counter to international laws and resolutions that recognize al-Quds as an occupied city. Spokesman Hazem Qassem called the comments “an affront to all Arab nations and states.” While Biden has indicated that his administration will restore Washington’s pre-Trump policy of opposing settlement expansion, he nonetheless claims “ironclad support” for Israel. Former President Donald Trump announced the US recognition of Jerusalem Al-Quds as Israel’s capital in December 2017. The US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds the following year. Ever since the US moves, Palestinians have stopped recognizing any intermediary role by Washington in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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