The President of the United States, Joe Biden, issued on Thursday an executive order seeking to punish Jewish settlers who attack Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied after the October 7 attack by Hamas in southern Israel.
Biden’s order establishes a system to impose financial sanctions and visa restrictions on people found to be attacking or intimidating Palestinians or seizing their property, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.
“Last week’s actions seek to promote peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians,” he added.
The attacks are doubled
Las Vegas United Nations figures show that daily attacks on settlers have doubled in the four months since the Hamas attack and the subsequent Israeli attack on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
the The order freezes the US assets of affected individuals and generally prohibits Americans from dealing with them. The State Department also plans to notify the first four people affected by the order on Thursday, two senior Biden administration officials told reporters.
Biden and other senior US officials have repeatedly warned that Israel must act to end Israeli settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.
“These actions pose a serious threat to the peace, security, and stability of the West Bank.Israel and the Middle East region, and also hinder the ultimate achievement of an independent Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel,” said one of the senior officials.
Biden raised the issue directly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to the official, Biden is looking for a path to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians once the Gaza conflict ends.
United States, against violence
The West Bank, one of the territories where Palestinians are seeking statehood, along with Gaza, has seen an increase in violence in recent months due to the expansion of Jewish settlements and a nearly decade-long stalemate in the US-sponsored peace process.
In December, the United States began imposing visa restrictions on people involved in acts of violence in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Since the 1967 Middle East war, Israel has occupied the West Bank along the Jordan River., which the Palestinians want as the core of an independent state. It built Jewish settlements there, which most countries consider illegal. Israel denies this and cites the land’s historical and biblical ties.