US President Joe Biden surprised Arab supporters and optimists who wagered that his presidency would usher in a new era of respect for human rights, revealing this week that he is after all an American president, and his support of such high-minded causes during the election campaign is only meant to make Americans feel good about themselves, and this is especially true when it comes to Palestine and Arab causes.
In an interview, Biden chastised his Arab fans for setting their expectations of him too high, and said they had only themselves to blame for their disappointment after he reaffirmed his support for Israel’s right to defend itself with F-16 fighter jets against the tyranny and violence of Palestinian children throwing rocks at peaceful Israeli soldiers.
“Still, I understand this is a natural reaction after four years of Donald Trump and I want to reiterate that America stands with any Arab country that wishes to purchase weapons from us as long as they use it in direct or proxy conflicts with other Arab countries,” he said.
Biden urged Arabs around the world to approach their relationship with America with more realistic expectations.
“You Arabs have a saying, that a believer does not get stung from the same hole twice,” he said. “But in every election you place your faith in the American conscience, thinking that pictures of dead children and destroyed buildings and torn limbs will somehow influence American policy towards Palestine and encourage us to live up to the ideals and stories we tell about ourselves in election campaigns.”
The US president nevertheless said the US would remain committed to the region’s stability and security.
“We will do anything for our allies except for the red line that is Israel, whether it is financial, military or emotional support for our friends leading the region’s nations, sale of offensive and defensive weapons as well as those suitable for use against civilians,” he said. “We will even lend support for a war or bomb some facilities for the best among our friends.”