Washington, DC – February 2, 2024
The United States has announced sanctions against four Israeli settlers involved in violent incidents against Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank. The White House, citing a threat to regional stability and US national security interests, targeted individuals including “David Chai Chasdai, Einan Tanjil, Yinon Levi, and Shalom Zickerman.” The sanctions will freeze their US-based assets and impose financial restrictions.
This move comes as “President Joe Biden” faces increasing “pressure” over his unwavering support for Israel, particularly amidst the ongoing conflict with Gaza. Notably, ultranationalist government ministers “Itamar Ben-Gvir” and “BezalelSmotrich” were considered for sanctions but were spared for now. The White House emphasized that there are no immediate plans to target Israeli government officials.
The White House, concurrently with the sanctions, issued a new executive order aimed at penalizing individuals involved in “extremist settler violence” in the West Bank. National Security Advisor “Jake Sullivan” underscored the severe threat posed by settler violence to peace and stability in the region. Biden’s visit to Michigan on the same day holds significance, considering the state’s sizable Arab American community, indicating a strategic approach to addressing the complex Israel-Palestine issue.