The U.S. State Department urged American citizens who are abroad to take extra precautions due to the elevated risks of terror attacks and other forms of violence, as Washington provided Israel its full-throated support to continue punishing Palestinians in Gaza after Hamas’s attack earlier this month.
The department said Americans should stay alert in locations that are frequented by tourists, and follow the department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive any pertinent alerts.
President Joe Biden and his administration have made a point to focus their public comments on the security threat that Israel faces, while intentionally downplaying calls for peace, humanitarian aid, or a ceasefire in the region. Biden has gone so far as to say that the U.S.’s support for Israel is unlimited and it will always be so.
“I come to Israel with a single message—you’re not alone,” he said. “The United States stands, and we will stand forever, we will not let you ever be alone.”
TRENDPOST: A viral video from 1986 for then-Sen. Joe Biden talking about Israel is informative.
He called Israel the “best $3 billion investment we make.”
He said it was high time that Israel supporters in the Senate stop apologizing.
“There’s no apology to be made,” he said. He continued, “Were there not an Israel, the United States of America would have to invent an Israel, to protect her interest in the region.”
Muslim World Reacts
The U.S.’s decision to see the conflict as black and white has resulted in Muslim-majority countries condemning Washington’s callousness on the Gazan humanitarian crisis. Protests have rocked U.S. Embassies and have taken part in major cities in Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, and South Korea, according to The Associated Press.
In Kuala Lumpur, about 1,000 protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy and chanted, “Death to Israel, God is great,” according to The AP.
“Israel is just a big bully, and they are cowards because they are targeting the children, the hospital,” one protester told The AP. “Those (Palestinians) are helpless because they are denied all the basic things in life to survive, and yet they (Israel) complained they are being bullied by Hamas.”
TRENDPOST: Josh Paul, a long-time U.S. State Department official, announced his resignation on Wednesday over the Biden administration’s approach to the Israel-Hamas war that continues to rage while causing one of the world’s biggest humanitarian calamities.
Brian Finucane, a senior adviser at Crisis Group, posted the resignation letter on X.
Paul condemned the Hamas attack and called it a “monstrosity of monstrosities.”
But he said it is his core belief that Israel’s response—with the support of the U.S.—“and for the status quo of the occupation, will only lead to more and deeper suffering for both the Israeli and the Palestinian people—and is not in the long term American interest,” according to Middle East Eye.
Paul had worked for the office that approves arms transfers, said in an interview: “I recognize the Israeli government’s right to respond and to defend themselves. I guess I question how many Palestinian children have to die in that process.”
“This Administration’s response—and much of Congress’ as well—is an impulsive reaction built on confirmation bias, political convenience, intellectual bankruptcy, and bureaucratic inertia,” Paul wrote on LinkedIn. “That is to say, it is immensely disappointing, and entirely unsurprising. Decades of the same approach have shown that security for peace leads to neither security, nor to peace. The fact is, blind support for one side is destructive in the long term to the interests of the people on both sides.”
TREND FORECAST: It is not Americans in foreign countries that need to take precautions; it is the Jewish people that will be mostly attacked. They will pay the price for the Israel War which the leaders of Israel launched. As Euronews reported today:
Protesters took to the streets of London, Berlin, Rome, and the French city of Marseille over the weekend calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and the safe delivery of aid.
Huge crowds gathered in countries across Europe over the weekend in support of Palestinians and the Palestinian territories – two weeks after Hamas launched its major offensive against Israel.
For the second consecutive weekend, demonstrators took to the streets of London on Saturday and Sunday – voicing an anti-war message.
Police in London estimated around 100,000 people took part in Saturday’s rally, chanting “Free Palestine”, holding banners and waving Palestinian flags.
The protesters marched through the city before congregating outside Downing Street, the official residence of U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
In Rome, hundreds of protesters called for a stop to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.
Waving Palestinian flags, the demonstrators marched with the cry of “Free Palestine!” and held banners that read: “No peace until we get freedom.”
“Israel carries out war crimes there, crimes against humanity there, and the international community has never acted,” said Maya Issa, president of the Movement of Palestinian Students in Italy, who organised the demonstration.
We note this since the Jewish people, of which there are just 16 million, are far outnumbered by the 8 billion that exist on the planet today of which 1.8 billion are Muslim.
Since, as we say in The Bronx, “blowbacks a bitch” and innocent Jewish people will be targets of revenge, we therefore strongly suggest that rather than ramping up the war with Palestinians, the Jewish consider joining Jewish Voices of Peace.