Israel-Hamas war: Joe Biden threatens Israeli settlers in West Bank with sanctions

In an op-ed to be published on Saturday, Joe Biden threatens Israeli settlers who commit violence against Palestinians in the West Bank with sanctions. The U.S. could impose visa restrictions as early as next week.

Joe Biden at the White House on November 30, 2023. AP - Andrew Harnik

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With our correspondent in Miami, David Thomson

This is the first time that the United States has threatened individual sanctions against Israeli settlers. And he did so publicly in an op-ed signed by Joe Biden to be published this Saturday in the Washington Post.


"I have urged Israeli leaders," the US president wrote, "that extremist violence against Palestinians stop and that the perpetrators of this violence be prosecuted." Otherwise, Biden says he is ready to impose his own measures: visa bans for extremists who attack Palestinian civilians, starting next week.

During their meeting Thursday in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken already briefed Netanyahu on the threat. According to the White House, the Israeli prime minister is not doing enough to stop the violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

According to the UN, since the Hamas terror attack on October 7, more than 250 attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank by Jewish settlers have been carried out, resulting in the deaths of eight Palestinians, including a child.

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