It is no secret that the Biden Administration is less than delighted with the decisive victory of Netanyahu’s Likud and a coalition of religious parties in Israel. Perhaps trying to prevent right-wing politician Itamar Ben-Gvir getting a ministry position impacting security, State Department Spokesman Ned Price called him out, saying that he “celebrat[ed] the legacy of a terrorist organization” by attending a commemoration of the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane.
Without involvement in the political machinations, CJV condemned the blatant double standard of the State Department regarding Israel. As CJV Rabbinic Circle Chair Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer said in the CJV press release, “if the United States Department of State were genuinely concerned with support for terrorism, it would not be enhancing its relationship with the Palestinian Authority, much less providing funding that ends up indirectly financing its infamous ‘Pay to Slay’ program.”
The Washington Free Beacon covered this story, providing multiple examples of the Palestinian Authority inciting violence against Israel without reprimand from the Biden administration, and the World Israel News seconded the Beacon coverage. Israel Today added that when the Palestinian Authority commemorated the 18th anniversary of the infamous terrorist Yassir Arafat’s death, Price had no objection.
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The Jewish News Syndicate quoted the statements from Rabbi Gordimer and CJV Israel Regional Vice President Rabbi Steven Pruzansky in their story covering the release, giving the CJV prominent coverage in the Jewish community.