World Leader RISES – May Challenge President Biden!

Benjamin Netanyahu May Challenge Joe Biden's Latest Regime

Benjamin Netanyahu May Challenge Joe Biden’s Latest Regime

( – On May 29, 1996, Benjamin Netanyahu was elected as Israel’s prime minister. He was the youngest politician to achieve that aim and has been the longest-serving head of state since the country’s independence in 1948. He held office from 1996-1999 and again from 2009-2021. In early November, Israeli voters elected the 73-year-old once again.

On November 7, President Joe Biden congratulated the long-time Israeli leader. The White House released a statement saying the president reaffirmed the US relationship with the long-time Middle East ally and expressed his ongoing support for Israel’s security. Yet, Netanyahu’s differences with the Biden administration could challenge the US.

Netanyahu Could Challenge US Relations

On Monday, November 28, former UN Ambassador and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote an op-ed for on how the prime minister would likely dictate his country’s foreign policy. His plans could impact the United States’ own policies under the Biden administration.

Bolton noted Netanyahu’s views would sharply contrast with Biden’s sooner or later despite the two men suggesting they would cooperate. Still, the former UN ambassador noted Israel could shape the president’s foreign policy legacy.

Bolton stressed how Iran and Middle Eastern diplomatic relations could become points of contention between the US and Israel. Under former President Donald Trump, the US moved away from the Obama-Biden administration’s Iranian policies and brokered significant peace deals between Israel and Iran’s adversaries in the region.

Iranian Nuclear Threat

Before Netanyahu became prime minister in the mid-1990s, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon warned Iran could commit a “nuclear holocaust.” Bolton stated Netanyahu understood Iran was a serious threat to Israel.

With this being the last term the long-time Israeli leader may hold, the former national security adviser said he would likely not settle for managing the threat from Iran but instead eliminate it. That would come into conflict with the Biden administration’s agenda.

While Iran is experiencing internal troubles and protests, Bolton said Israel could see it as an opportunity for a regime change. That’s something he stated the White House wasn’t considering it a serious option. Instead, the former ambassador noted Biden is preoccupied with reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, blinding the administration’s “potential for a more significant victory.”

Middle East Diplomatic Challenges

Bolton noted a priority for Netanyahu was getting full diplomatic recognition in the Arab world. He stated Iran’s nuclear ambitions helped lead the way to a realignment shift in the Middle East that led four Arab states to normalize relations with Israel. While Saudi Arabia didn’t join the Abraham Accords (and may not), the former ambassador said both see Iran as a common threat and are likely to work together.

That could complicate matters for Biden and won’t improve relations between Israel and the United States. Instead of advocating for expanding the accords, Bolton noted the deals showed the Palestinian issue had become a secondary one for Gulf Arabs. That doesn’t align with the US president’s view, who wants to resurrect the Middle East process and create a two-state solution that benefits Palestinians.

So, will there be a shift in relations between the US and Israel?

Bolton appears to think there will be.

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