Assessment: Joe Biden’s bucket list: Destroy Israel’s sovereignty and strengthen Palestinian Authority demands …
US President Joe Biden is considering a visit to Al Makassed Hospital, the largest Palestinian medical center in east Jerusalem, an Israeli source said on Monday. The visit, during Biden’s trip to Israel planned for next month, would be in the framework of an American initiative regarding the hospital.
Biden would visit the hospital unaccompanied by Israeli officials, which would be viewed as not recognizing Israeli sovereignty over that part of the capital.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Zechariah 12:3
No previous US presidents have made similar visits. Biden’s plan to visit east Jerusalem, in general, was first reported by Kan.
Though the Biden administration has sought to strengthen the current Israeli coalition government, the visit signifying a divided Jerusalem would likely spark disputes within the coalition.
The visit would be in the framework of an American initiative regarding the hospital, which could mean renewed funding after the Trump administration cut $25 million to the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network, of which Al Makassed is a member.
Biden’s trip to Israel has not yet been finalized, but is expected to be scheduled around the G7, which is on June 26-28.
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