The United States imposes restrictions on four Israeli individuals involved in assaulting Palestinians in the West Bank.

On February 1, 2024, President Biden took action to address the ongoing violence in the West Bank between Israeli settlers and Palestinians. In an executive order, he authorized sanctions against individuals involved in acts of violence, threats, and attempts to seize Palestinian property. These penalties block them from using the U.S. financial system and prohibit American citizens from dealing with them.

The State Department is expected to release the names of the four individuals targeted by the initial round of sanctions. U.S. officials are also considering further punishment for those involved in the recent attacks, which have intensified during the Israel-Hamas war. Palestinian authorities report casualties among their people, and rights groups have documented instances of settler violence, including the destruction of property and forced evacuations of Bedouin communities.

In his order, President Biden emphasized that these actions undermine the U.S.’s foreign policy objectives, including the pursuit of a two-state solution and the promotion of security, prosperity, and freedom for both Israelis and Palestinians. He also noted that the violence has the potential to destabilize the region and threaten American interests and personnel.

The president has faced criticism for his administration’s support of Israel during the conflict, which began when Hamas launched attacks on Israel in October of the previous year. While he maintains that Israel has the right to defend itself, he has urged Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government to exercise restraint in its military operations. He has also condemned retaliatory attacks by Israeli settlers and promised accountability for those responsible. In late October, he called the violence by “extremist settlers” a dangerous escalation that must be stopped immediately.

Since the start of the war, the Israel Defense Forces have increased their presence in the West Bank, where Hamas militants are known to operate. President Biden’s executive order is a rare step against America’s closest ally in the Middle East, but he remains committed to finding a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.  

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