Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Biden and Israel: A Return to the Obama Era?

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As a long-term senator, member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and VP, Biden is all around familiar with foreign affairs and security issues and extremely experienced in US-Israel relations.

He started his administration as a senator right away before the flare-up of the Yom Kippur War and said at the time that he was worried about the fate of the Jewish state.

So, he assuredly doesn’t support Israel’s settlement venture. It very well may be assumed that “Obama-style” conflicts will happen between the Biden administration and Israeli governments headed by the right-wing.

All things considered, Biden will rehash the mantra of his former boss in the Oval Office, who said that being a companion of Israel doesn’t expect one to be a Likud sympathizer.

There is no need, to propose that an encounter between the Biden administration and the Israeli government is fast approaching. Generally, a first-term president controls Congress for the initial two years of his presidency.

When Biden gets down to business in January, he will have a Senate that isn’t constrained by his party and a House in which his party’s majority share has been reduced. He will have no real option except to coordinate somewhat with the opposition.

As a veteran representative, a former competitor for his party’s official selection, and a former VP, Biden knows about the degree of support for Israel in the US Congress. He realizes he should consider Israeli accomplishments that are related to US Senate decisions. It is similarly safe to expect that Israel-US security relations won’t be undermined.

Joe Biden’s deputy, Kamala Harris’ run for the Democratic nomination for the administration at the start of the 2020 primaries leaves no uncertainty about her ambitions.

Her inviting demeanor toward Israel, like Biden’s, is notable. In any case, the right-wing of the Democratic Party is transparently hostile to Israel. It is not yet clear how much Biden and Harris will permit that wing to dictate US policy toward Israel and the region.

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Rebecca Peres
Rebecca Peres
Staff Writer at Peres Daily News

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