While focusing on fostering Israeli restraint in an all-out Israeli invasion of Gaza, the Biden Administration has failed to come forward with any plans for a broader permanent peace accord that includes the Palestinians in the West Bank as well as Gaza. Palestinians have noted Biden’s failure to address Netanyahu’s support of the expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, even though Netanyahu’s policy is in direct defiance of U.S. policy that opposes expansion. That expansion is a barrier to even getting peace talks going, much less reaching a permanent accord.
New York Times columnist and Middle East Expert Thomas Friedman addresses the issue head-on in his October 19 column, declaring that "Israel Is About to Make a Terrible Mistake.” His summary statement:
IndieDems agree 100 percent with Friedman's assessment.