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While much of the American left’s attention over the past several years has been focused on ensuring that “Black Lives Matter,” it is starting to appear that, to the Biden administration and many Democrats, Jewish lives absolutely do not matter.

Since taking office, President Biden has focused on reversing everything positive that the Trump administration did to fight antisemitism and help Israel survive in the very dangerous neighborhood in which she exists, surrounded by enemies who seek to destroy her and facing terrorism on a daily basis.

In particular, Biden has been consumed with reversing three Trump policies that present existential dangers to Israel’s survival: Entering into a new Iran nuclear deal no matter the cost financially or existentially; empowering Palestinians despite their refusals to exist in peace side-by-side with the Jewish residents of Israel; and demonizing Israel—its policies and its democratically elected government—including boycotting scientific and technology institutes in Judea and Samaria (commonly known as the West Bank), eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights while shunning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Empowering Iran

President Trump withdrew from the Obama-led 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was enabling the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism to eventually obtain nuclear weapons. While Obama ignorantly believed that creating an Iranian hegemon in the region, notwithstanding its avowed promise of annihilating Israel, would allow the U.S. to comfortably withdraw from the Middle East, the void he left behind was filled by Russia and now China, both of which have developed a military alliance with Iran.

Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA was intended to slow Iran’s hegemonic ambitions through the implementation of a series of crippling sanctions on the regime. Unfortunately, rather than continue this successful “maximum pressure” campaign, Biden has spent his tenure undoing the damage to Iran’s economy and bending over backwards to negotiate a new, even weaker nuclear agreement.

Until recently, this effort was led by Biden-appointee, Hamas-loving Robert Malley, who was removed from his position several months ago under mysterious circumstances and is now under FBI investigation for purportedly sharing classified information with our enemies.

The most distressing aspect of Biden’s efforts with Iran are that, as he has a habit of doing, he is ignoring the rule of law and taking unilateral steps to reach an arrangement with Iran that is in direct contravention of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA).

INARA was passed with a bipartisan consensus that any future deal with Iran directly or indirectly related to its nuclear program would require Congressional review prior to implementation, which includes limiting the president’s ability to grant Iran relief from sanctions.

Knowing that Congress will never approve the measures he has been taking, Biden has chosen on his own to avoid Congress and either not enforce sanctions, assist Iran in evading sanctions and/or specifically provide sanctions relief, thus easing the stress on the Iranian economy.

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Lauri Regan
Lauri B. Regan is the vice chair of the executive board of the Endowment for Middle East Truth and the vice president and treasurer of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. She is a board member of Polaris National Security and the former chair of the American Zionist Movement’s Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism and Holocaust Denial Project.

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