By: Daniel Weisman
A mere month since the November election, recent events show that the prospect of a Joe Biden presidency has already made the world a more dangerous place for Jews.
Leaving aside the question of whether election the was stolen from President Trump or not, and clearly it was, Joe Biden has announced his intention to reverse the foreign policy triumphs of the current president, particularly re-instating the heinous 2015 Iran nuclear deal that Trump abandoned in 2018 by re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.
Just last week, Democrat Joe Biden reaffirmed his desire to rejoin the Iran nuclear understanding if Tehran comes back into compliance, telling the New York Times that the deal is key to preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Being that the media is the mouthpiece for the Democratic Party, one can assume that this reporting reflects Biden’s policy aspirations. Indeed, in September, Biden told CNN that if “if Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations.”
So, it is no surprise that Biden’s supposed “election” has reverberated around the world including in the always volatile Middle East. Outrage has been expressed against Israel since the alleged assassination on Nov. 27 of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s leading nuclear scientist and a high-ranking official of the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. While the State of Israel has not assumed responsibility for the attack, evidence indicates there has been an ongoing Mossad concern regarding his fundamental contributions to Iran’s nuclear program, according to Middle East analyst Yoni Michanie. The timing of the assassination cannot be more suspicious, taking place shortly after the election and while Donald Trump is still president. Clearly, Israel sees a Biden presidency as a threat to return American policy toward appeasing the mullahs of Iran rather than confronting them with sanctions as President Trump has.
A Biden presidency also may destabilize the Middle East further by undermining the incredible achievement of President Trump’s successful Abraham Accords, which normalized ties between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates in last few months. These delicate, groundbreaking negotiations orchestrated by the Trump administration, represent the president’s vision for peace in the Middle East and are now at risk of being unraveled by a Biden presidency, which wants again to bolster Iranian hegemony in the area, for who knows what reason.
The consequences of a Biden presidency quickly caused cold feet in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the latter of which has been cultivated by the United States as a bulwark against Iran. Under the leadership of Saudi king’s assertive son, the 35-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia is seen as having a greater willingness to quietly engage with Israel to counter common rival, Iran, and boost foreign investment in the kingdom.
On Sunday, according to an Associated Press report, a prominent Saudi prince harshly criticized Israel at a security summit in Bahrain that was attended remotely by Israel foreign minister, showing the challenges of any further deals between Arab states and Israel. The remarks by Prince Turki al-Faisal appeared to catch Israel’s foreign minister off guard, particularly as Israelis receive warm welcomes from officials in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, following agreements to normalize ties.
The shoe dropped again when Bahrain appeared to succumb to a Palestinian pressure campaign to stop imports from the West Bank or what Israelis call Judea and Samaria. Bahrain will now not allow the imports from that disputed area in Israel, according to a report Friday, a week after Bahrain said they would be permitted.
Bahraini Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani’s statement “was misinterpreted,” said the ministry, adding that “the ministry is committed to the Bahraini government’s unwavering stance regarding adherence to the resolutions of the United Nations, the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation concerning the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights.”
This statement strikes at the heart of the Trump administration’s achievements in Israel that have included moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and encouraging Israel to claim more land in Judea and Samaria, if it so chooses.
The new facts on the ground of a potential Biden presidency combined with the recent happenings of concern mentioned here, did not escape Israel’s national security council, which late last week warned Israelis abroad to take special security precautions.
“In light of the threats that have been made recently by Iranian elements and given the past involvement of Iranians in terrorist attacks in various countries, there is concern that Iran will try to act in this manner against Israeli targets,” the NSC’s Counter-Terrorism Division said in a statement on Thursday. Furthermore, “Calls have been made by global jihadist elements for attacks on Israelis and Jews. It is possible that part of the current wave of Islamist terrorism will reach targets identified with Israel or Jewish communities, synagogues, kosher restaurants and Jewish museums.”
None of this even considers what are the ramifications for Jews in America for known Israel bashers, Democrat U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, having the ear of a President Biden. What is clear is that Joe Biden is not even president, and hopefully he never will be, but the mere prospect of that occurring is already making life less safe for Jews in America, in Israel, and around the world.
Daniel Wiseman is an independent political commentator, who focuses on national and international affairs. He spent nine years as a professional journalist in Wyoming before working in fund-raising, non-profit management, and is now working in New York City. Wiseman focuses his writing on how to bring the United States back to its Constitutional moorings. He writes exclusively for Canada Free Press.