February 24, 2024

The Biden administration has informed Israel that Washington will impose visa bans on Israeli extremist settlers engaged in violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made this announcement in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet. The surge of violence in the West Bank, fueled by expanding Jewish settlements and a longstanding impasse in US-sponsored peacemaking, has prompted the United States to take action. The violence in the West Bank has intensified, especially after Israel’s response to a deadly attack by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

US President Joe Biden has expressed concern over the rising violence in the West Bank and has threatened to take action against the perpetrators. Biden emphasized the need for extremist violence against Palestinians to stop and for those responsible to be held accountable. The United States is prepared to issue visa bans against extremists attacking civilians in the West Bank. The State Department official stated that while Washington wants Israel to prosecute the perpetrators, it has not yet seen such a step being taken. The visa bans could be implemented in the next few weeks. Daily settler attacks in the West Bank have more than doubled, according to UN figures, since the deadly attack by Hamas. This situation has prompted the US to take action against those responsible for the violence.