In the video: Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Herzog's reception to US President Joe Biden and statements during the meeting18.10.23/GPO, Yotam Ronen
The U.S. State Department is expected to announce Tuesday that it has imposed sanctions on several dozen Israeli settlers involved in attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank who as a result will no longer be able to enter the United States, two senior U.S. officials said.
Why it's important
- The U.S. move shows how concerned the U.S. government is about the rise in settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and believes that the Israeli government is not doing enough to prevent such violent attacks.
- The State Department is expected to announce sanctions on several dozen Palestinians involved in attacks on Israelis in the West Bank, the officials said.
- The Biden administration is not expected to release the names of settlers or Palestinians blacklisted for denial of entry into the United States, in part to increase deterrence among those involved in such attacks.
- This is the first time such sanctions have been imposed on settlers since the Clinton administration in the mid-90s. Blinken briefed Netanyahu on the expected move at their meeting in Israel last week. U.S. officials said the move was now decided because the Israeli government was not doing enough to prevent attacks on Palestinians.
- The State Department declined to comment.
In the News Hub
- The Biden administration has expressed concern to Israel in private and publicly about the rise in settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank. The issue has come up in many conversations between the sides over the past three years.
- Since the October 7 terrorist attacks, however, there has been a further increase in settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.
- In an article published in the Washington Post two weeks ago, President Biden wrote that the United States is prepared to impose a ban on extremist settlers involved in attacks against Palestinians.
- The day before the article was published, Biden sent a written directive to the State Department, the Treasury Department, and several other government ministries, asking them to submit proposals for sanctions that could be imposed on individuals and entities directly or indirectly involved in actions that harm security and stability in the West Bank or that are intended to threaten civilians in the West Bank or impede efforts to advance the two-state solution.
- U.S. officials said the administration decided to impose sanctions on settlers because it concluded that the current Israeli government was not acting seriously enough to stop or prevent attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank.
- Israel's ambassador to the United States, Mike Herzog, gave the State Department and the White House a detailed document last week on settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and the steps Israel is taking to prevent them.
- The document claims that the number of attacks against Palestinians has decreased in recent weeks, but U.S. officials told the Israeli ambassador that the number of attacks is still higher than it was before October 7.
- U.S. officials said U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken raised the issue during his visit to Israel last week and told Prime Minister Netanyahu that the administration would impose sanctions on settlers in the coming days.
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