Confrontation between Biden and New Israeli Government Seems Unlikely

(Foreign Policy) Aaron David Miller - Will the new Israeli coalition lead to a train wreck in the U.S.-Israel relationship? Biden's view of Israel as an embattled democracy and his concern about Israel's security stretches back to his first visit to Israel in 1973. Biden feels very much part of Israel's story and struggles. That long-standing commitment has generated a certain familiarity and even affection for Netanyahu that comes from decades of interaction. Biden's default position with Netanyahu isn't inherently or inexorably adversarial. And Netanyahu knows that fighting with a U.S. president, especially one that's perceived to be pro-Israel, makes little sense. Fortunately for Netanyahu, the two major issues that have roiled U.S.-Israeli relations in recent years - the Iran nuclear accord and Palestinian statehood - are now neither ready for prime time nor top priorities for the Biden administration. The writer is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

2022-11-10 00:00:00

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