Ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel, a US official hinted that more Arab countries will soon normalize ties with Israel.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf said that the Biden administration is involved in efforts in encouraging cooperation between Israel and two Arab countries. “We are working, in the space that is not in the public domain, with a couple of other countries,” Leaf told a congressional subcommittee. “And I think you’ll see some interesting things around the time of the president’s visit.”
When asked to divulge more information on the matter, Leaf said, “I really wouldn’t want to step on the president’s toes.”
If able to do so, Biden will gain substantial diplomatic and political advantage, similar to former President Donald Trump’s historic move of brokering normalization between Israel, UAE, and Bahrain with the Abraham Accords.
Biden is scheduled to arrive in Israel on July 13 on his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office.