Amid a visibly growing anti-Israel sentiment in Europe and elsewhere, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Monday 8 Shevat delivered yet another blow against Jerusalem. Shapiro leveled unprecedented criticism against the government and the yishuvim throughout Yehuda and Shomron. He accuses the government of failing to provide an acceptable response to “settler violence”, referring to attacks against Arabs.
Ambassador Shapiro was addressing the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, stating there is “too much vigilantism in the West Bank that goes unchecked”. He continued his scathing rebuke adding “there is a lack of thorough investigations” and as far as to accuse Israel of maintaining a double standard of law throughout “the West Bank, one for Israelis and one for Palestinians”.
The ambassador added the US administration remains “perplexed” due to the current administration’s “settlement policy” and warned there must be an implementation of the “two-state solution” to prevent a binational state.
The Prime Minister’s Office rejected the ambassador’s accusations, adding “the ambassador’s statements, on the day when a mother of six who was murdered is buried, and on a day when a pregnant woman is stabbed – are unacceptable and wrong”.
“Israel enforces the law on Israelis and Palestinians. The onus for the stalemate in the diplomatic process is the Palestinian Authority, which continues to incite and refuses negotiations,” it concluded.
The ambassador’s statements have significant fueled the battle of those seeking Israel’s demise, giving more than an air of legitimacy to many bogus allegations leveled against Israel by the PA (Palestinian Authority).
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)