President Joe Biden announced an executive order aimed at squarely curbing the violence undermining peace in the West Bank. Citing intolerable levels of violence, property destruction, and forced displacement, Biden’s order places sanctions on individuals contributing to the region’s instability.
The measure specifically targets those responsible for extremist settler violence, including acts against Palestinian civilians and property. By leveraging the authority granted under U.S. laws, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act, the president has declared a national emergency to address this crisis.
The sanctions will freeze assets and ban entry into the U.S. for those identified as threats to the peace, security, and stability of the West Bank and the broader Middle East. The action underscores the U.S. commitment to a two-state solution, and the belief that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal measures of security, prosperity, and freedom.