Biden disagrees with most of President Trump’s foreign policy initiatives, but many of his advisers tell Axios that he has a plan to keep: Abraham Accords.
Why it’s important: The biblical branding of personal generalization agreements between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE – continuing to push the Abraham Ords cord – could help Biden build positive relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders in the Persian Gulf.
The final game: Biden could use the additional deal to give Netanyahu a move toward maintaining the option of a two-state solution – the way Trump killed the West Bank alliance in exchange for an agreement with the UAE.
Said the Obama administration The Arab states will only make peace with Israel as a group, and it will only do so after reaching an agreement with the Palestinians.
- Now, Dan Shapiro, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel under President Obama, has called on Axioz to normalize relations, “Biden made it clear during the campaign that he is embracing. To do the same thing. “
- “This may be the only Trump foreign policy initiative that Biden has been told something positive about,” said one adviser.
The president-elect has promised Reversing many of Trump’s controversial orders, such as expelling the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, on the first day of office fees. He also promised to build closer ties with NATO and other allies.
Netanyahu had a notorious rocky relationship With the Obama administration, however, Shaprio says Biden will receive orders differently than Trump: “He wants to use the dynamic to reflect some positive momentum in the Israeli-Palestinian deal.”
- While the incoming administration does not think the conditions are right to move forward with a fully developed Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, Biden wants to keep alive the prospect of a separate Palestinian state, advisers say.
Driving News: Saudi Arabia is an Arab nation that has not normalized relations with Israel – the last attempt by Jared Kushner to broker a deal when he visited the region last week. The Saudis are waiting for Biden to take office before making such a decision.
- Israeli officials say the Saudis will want to take such a step to restore their standing with the Democrats and avoid a confrontation with Biden on human rights issues.
Background: After announcing the Israel-UAE normalization agreement in August, Biden welcomed it and called it a “historic step.”
- Shortly before the election, state candidate Tony Blinken told Jewish Insider that the Biden administration would try to continue the normalization between Israel and the Arab states.
- Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told the Manama Security Council today: “From what we have heard so far from the incoming Biden administration, we believe that it will support the Abraham agreement.”
Big picture: Bringing the United States back into the Iran nuclear deal is the main foreign policy objective of the Biden administration in the Middle East.
- Israel, the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have publicly opposed the move.
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