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US imposes sanctions on Israeli settlers, straining relations with PM Netanyahu  

United States: On Thursday, the Biden administration also imposed sanctions on four Israeli men in what it said was due to their involvement in settler violence, including in the West Bank, signaling continuing displeasure by the US about the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  

Executive Order and Its Implications  

In a move dangerously close to violating one of the US’s most cherished alliances, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that threatens Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians consider their future state.  

The order sets up a regime for financial sanctions and visa restrictions against those who attack or threaten Palestinians or persons seizing their property, and Sullivan noted that it will ensure the implementation of relevant UN resolutions with respect to persons responsible for human rights violations.  

“Today’s actions seek to promote peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians alike,” he said.  

Surge in Settler Attacks 

Figures from the United States show that daily settler attacks have more than doubled in nearly four months: Israeli retreated its embargo immediately after the attack made on October 7 by Palestinian Hamas militants – and responded immediately by assaulting the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by a Hamas.  

Using the State Department sanctions, the US assets of four men are frozen, and a great section of Americans trade with them: David Chai Chasdai organized and directed a riot during which vehicles and buildings on fire and belonged to citizens of Huwara as an outcome driving one Palestinian civilian dead.  

When encountering Palestinian farmers and Israeli activists, Einan Tanjil went on an attack mode whereby he stoned them with stones and resorted to club assaults that necessitated medical attention.  

According to the video footage, Shalom Zicherman assaulted Israeli activists and the vehicles they were traveling in the West Bank while attempting to fall back at them, tying a road blocked them on the street, breaking windows of passing cars with occupied by activists inside and followed democratically these last two under arrest near Beit Ili settlement laying answers on both.  

Led by the Jews Yinon Levi, a group of settlers attacked Palestinian and Bedouin civilians; their fields were burned, and property destroyed.  

The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in another statement issued separately, added, “Israel must do more to stop violence against civilians in the West Bank and hold accountable those responsible for it.” 

“The United States will continue to take actions to advance the foreign policy objectives of the United States, including the viability of a two-state solution, and is committed to the safety, security, and dignity of Israelis and Palestinians alike.”  

Biden and other high US officials have been reiterating to Israel that to remain quiet as things go on between various Israeli settlers who violently beat Palestinians in the West Bank has got to stop now.  

Biden’s Call for Action

Biden has raised the issue directly with Netanyahu, according to a senior official, as Biden searches for a way to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine once the Gaza conflict ends.  

President of the United States – Joe Biden | Credits: Politico

So far, Netanhayu resisted the US call during this one government religious rightist forms last month as it has been opposing American appeals to develop a plan for post-conflict Gaza and to embrace a peace deal that envisages Israeli and Palestinian states side by side, according to the report by Reuters.  

“Israel takes action against all lawbreakers everywhere, and therefore, there is no need for unusual measures on the issue,” it said in a statement.  

The Great West Bank, one of the sites of the Palestinians’ hoped-for nationhood with Gaza, has seen an upsurge in violence over recent months and in a series of expanding Jewish settlements and stalling US-mediated efforts for around a year peace treaty.  

Head of the far-right pro-settlement group Religious Zionism and Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich was outspoken in a statement over the Biden order, “The ‘settler violence’ campaign is an antisemitic lie that enemies of Israel disseminate with the goal of smearing the pioneering settlers and settlement enterprise, and to harm them and thus smear the entire State of Israel,” Smotrich said.  

The visa bans were aimed not only at officials but also against the low-profile partners in the Israel-controlled West Bank and those leading acts of violence. In December 2015, the United States began imposing visa bans on people who committed such crimes.  

The West Bank of the Jordan River has been occupied by Israel since February 1967 to date and is one of two (territories) desired areas that the Palestinians would want for their independent state. It has established successful Jewish settlements there, which most nations hold as illegal. Israel disagrees with this and presents various has-note and biblical links to the said territory.  

Gaza Conflict and Ongoing Challenges  

The total number of people killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of hostilities from October 1, being staged by Hamas fighters and captured more than 250 Israeli hostages. The health representatives in the enclave on Thursday stated that more than 27,000 have been confirmed dead, leaving thousands lying unburied underneath for fear of exposure to contagion. 

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