Biden threatens to issue visa bans against settler ‘extremists’ attacking Palestinians

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House complex in Washington, Nov. 14, 2023, about climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
US President Joe Biden speaks at the White House complex in Washington, Nov. 14, 2023, about climate change. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US President Joe Biden threatens to issue visa bans against extremist settlers carrying out violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

The threat is made in an op-ed by Biden in the Washington Post, which seeks to rally support for US policy regarding for the wars in Gaza and Ukraine.

While much of the article is a rehashing of positions that US has been voicing for weeks, the threat regarding visa bans appears to be new.

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

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