WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the midst of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, US President Joe Biden is set to issue an executive order targeting violent Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The order aims to address the “compromised stability” in the region, according to CNN.
The executive order, expected to be announced on Thursday, will impose penalties on individuals who have engaged in violent activities in the West Bank. President Biden has previously condemned these violent attacks and has raised the issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
During the National Prayer Breakfast on Capitol Hill, Biden acknowledged the suffering of both Israelis and Palestinians, expressing empathy for those affected by the conflict.
The order will target individuals accused of committing acts of violence or intimidation in the West Bank, including those who have instigated riots, set fire to buildings, attacked people, and caused property damage. The White House has informed the Israeli government of its intentions prior to issuing the directive.
In an effort to prevent Americans from providing financial support to the individuals targeted by the order, the directive will prohibit financial transactions and property transactions within the country. This is in line with President Biden’s previous instructions to develop plans for dealing with violent Israeli settlers, as well as Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s strategy to prevent extremists from entering the country.
Israeli settler violence against West Bank Palestinians has been a major source of tension in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly following the Hamas attack on Israel. The surge in violence has led to numerous Palestinian casualties, exacerbating the already volatile situation.
As part of its efforts to address the conflict and promote stability in the region, the Biden administration is also considering a push for the establishment of a demilitarized and viable Palestinian state. The administration is consulting with experts both inside and outside the government to determine the best approach to recognize Palestinian statehood, with the goal of ensuring the state’s viability and non-threatening nature towards Israel.
The order signifies a significant step by the Biden administration to address the ongoing conflict in the region and take decisive action against violent activities in the West Bank.