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Netanyahu To Be First Middle East Leader On Biden’s Call List

By 02/17/2021 9:30 AMNo Comments

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Middle Eastern Leader to receive a call from Prime Minister Joe Biden, adding that it will happen soon. 

“His first call with a leader in the region will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu,” Psaki told reporters, adding that she did not have an exact timeline for the call, but that “it will be soon.” Considering the fact that the call should have come much earlier, given how close relations between the US and Israel were during the Trump era, Biden has already reached out to his counterparts in Canada, Britain, France, Japan, Mexico, Germany, South Korea and even some foes, such as China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin- hence delaying Netanyahu’s call even further.

Source: I24News

Last week, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, who now serves as chairman of World Likud, made a much blunter remark on the situation via tweet: “Might it now be time to call the leader of Israel, the closest ally of the U.S.?”

“Israel is, of course, an ally,” Psaki said. “Israel is a country where we have an important strategic security relationship, and our team is fully engaged—not at the head-of-state level quite yet but very soon.

“The president is “making calls to world leaders according to the order he sees fit,” Netanyahu said last week. “The Israel-U.S. alliance is strong and so is our friendship of almost 40 years, though we may not agree on everything.”

As it stands, the US played an instrumental role in stabilizing Israel’s relations with Arab nations including UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, during Mr. Donald Trump’s term as President of the United States. 

Source: The New Yorker

Meanwhile, Psaki also said Biden is planning to recalibrate US relations with Saudi Arabia and will communicate through Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz rather than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This statement showcases an abrupt change in policy from Mr. Donald Trump, whose son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner was close to the Saudi crown prince. “We’ve made clear from the beginning that we are going to recalibrate our relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Psaki said.

She added that “Saudi Arabia has critical self-defense needs and the United States will work with the Saudis on this even as we make clear areas where we have disagreements and where we have concerns. And that certainly is a shift from the prior administration.”



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