On the eve of the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Congressman Anthony D'Esposito attacked the Biden administration's policy regarding Judea and Samaria and its pressure on the Israeli government against settlement construction.
Biden: "U.S. commitment to Israel's security is strong" // Archive photo: Reuters
During a recent tour of Samaria, D'Esposito, who serves as chairman of the Republican Party in Nassau County, New York, said that "Biden's policy of demanding a halt to settlement construction is flawed. What we're seeing here is weak governance. Joe Biden is weak in his foreign policy. Biden's foreign policy advisers have anti-Israel views."
D'Esposito's visit is part of a public relations campaign carried out by the Samaria Council for years. Also participating in the visit were Patricia Canazoniri-Fitzpatrick, a senator in the New York legislature, Joe Cairo, a member of the Republican National Committee, and Bruce Blakeman, the head of Nassau County, who arrived with his wife, District Judge Sigal Blakeman. Guests visited the "Balcony of the Medina" observation deck in Pedu'el and heard about Israel's security needs and history.
Pedu'el, Photo: Moshe Shai
Samaria Council head Yossi Dagan explained that the tour is part of the struggle against the boycott of Israel and is intended to demonstrate to the guests the importance of the region. "Samaria will continue to fight against BDS everywhere. We have a deep commitment to this issue. The war against the lies spread about the settlements in Judea and Samaria in particular, and about the State of Israel in general, must continue. This is another step towards defeating the lies of BDS."
In their remarks, the guests referred to the pressure exerted by the American administration on construction in Samaria, which is delaying, among other things, the establishment of educational institutions. "I oppose policies that refuse to allow Israel to build, and we will continue to raise awareness," Knezneri-Fitzpatrick said. Blakeman added, "Those who have not yet arrived must come to understand the area and its security importance. Samaria must continue to build schools, hospitals, jobs, and America must support this."
Cairo said: "You have to come here to understand reality. It is important to keep the area as it is today, and not to give it to other hands. Every child deserves a proper education, proper schools and kindergartens. Every person must be treated equally, and the children of Judea and Samaria settlements deserve equal opportunity."
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