Biden Mid East Policy
By Micah Halpern
Sunday November 8, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
There are certain givens. And there are many question marks.
The most obvious given is that Biden will, as he has said over and over again, return to the JCPOA, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or in lay terms, the “Iran Deal.”
It was no secret that the Saudis favored Trump over Biden. The Iran Deal was a
Expect Biden’s administration to reopen the Palestinian Embassy in Washington, DC.
Expect them to restart aid to the Palestinian Authority - Kamala Harris has already made that promise.
Expect them to reach out and bring the PA back to the table based on the two-state solution.
Do not expect the US Embassy in Jerusalem to return to its former home in Tel Aviv. However, there will almost certainly be discussion about the United States withdrawing recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israel is in for a series of roller coaster rides.
Biden has a long and very positive history with Israel. There were several low points during the eight years of the Obama presidency, but in general (“B’Gadol” as Israelis like to say), Joe Biden is a friend of Israel.
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