Biden announces visa bans for extremist Israeli settlers in West Bank

US President Joe Biden. (File photo: Jordan News)
WASHINGTON — On Saturday, US President Joe Biden announced that the US would start imposing visa bans on "extremist" Israeli settlers engaging in violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.اضافة اعلان

"As we strive for peace, Gaza and the West Bank should be reunified under a single governance structure, ultimately under a revitalized Palestinian Authority, as we all work toward a two-state solution," Biden wrote in The Washington Post.

"I have been emphatic with Israel’s leaders that extremist violence against Palestinians in the West Bank must stop, and those committing the violence must be held accountable. The United States is prepared to take our own steps, including issuing visa bans against extremists attacking civilians in the West Bank," he added.

Biden outlined basic principles for moving toward a two-state solution, starting with preventing Gaza from being a platform for terrorism and avoiding forced displacement, blockade, reduction in territory, or reoccupation. He also called for international commitment to creating "interim security measures and a reconstruction mechanism to sustainably meet Gaza's long-term needs."

"In the months ahead, the United States will redouble our efforts to establish a more peaceful, integrated, and prosperous Middle East — a region where a day like Oct. 7 is unthinkable," he added.

Biden reiterated his vision in a Washington Post opinion piece, emphasizing maintaining Gaza’s territorial integrity and population and the eventual need for unified Palestinian Authority governance. 

He urged the international community to engage financially and diplomatically in Gaza’s security and reconstruction. Additionally, he acknowledged Israel’s regional integration efforts and concerns about domestic antisemitism and Islamophobia.

"A two-state solution is the only way to ensure the long-term security of both the Israeli and Palestinian people. Though right now it may seem like that future has never been further away, this crisis has made it more imperative than ever,” he wrote.

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