Israel expects a dispute with the Biden administration

Israeli officials expect that there will be differences between Israel and the administration of the new US President, Joe Biden, over several files, including: "the nuclear agreement with Iran, and the position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in second place."

The repercussions of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s statements before the Senate yesterday were bad in Israel. Blinken announced Biden’s upcoming policy, and the administration’s desire to work “to return to the nuclear agreement with Iran and support the two-state solution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said, "Those who say this lack an understanding of the reality in the United States, and as he knows Biden personally, as well as the two American arenas, democracy and republic, Netanyahu is considered one of the most important leaders there."

Steinitz added that Israeli-American contacts about the nuclear agreement "will start soon, and I have no doubt about that, and contacts are always taking place in several channels, and the most important channel is the direct one."

For his part, Israel's ambassador to Washington and the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, said about the possibility that the Biden administration would prevent construction in Israeli settlements, "The new administration has not expressed its opinion on this issue, and I am not sure it wants to be preoccupied with that."

He continued: "I am sure that the position of the US administration and our position are identical on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon." He continued, "I am sure that Israel will be among the priorities of the United States, and we see positive indications about the desire for cooperation," noting that the differences The two sides exist and that it should be resolved in closed rooms, and that "no dispute should be considered a crisis in relations."

Relatedly, the former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, considered that "Israel will not pay a price if it knows how to work with Biden, and it can push cooperation in the region forward."

She said, "Biden's impression is still valid from the decision to implement construction works in the" Ramat Shlomo "settlement in occupied northern Jerusalem when he visited Israel in 2010," and it is clear that the initial feeling is skepticism. 

In a related context, the newspaper "Yediot Aharonot" said: "Israel will ask the Biden administration not to surprise it on the Iranian and Palestinian issues." Adding: "The Biden administration will support the alliance agreements and normalize relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, but will not agree to supply arms to the Gulf states, as did former President Donald Trump."



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