Politics

The coldness between Biden and Netanyahu is growing

Tensions between Jerusalem and Washington rose again after that Benjamin Netanyahu accused the United States of “withholding arms and ammunition intended for Israel.” “We honestly don't know what he's talking about,” the White House replied tersely, according to Axios, would also cancel a high-level meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, between the United States and Israel, dedicated to Iran. “The Americans are furious. Bibi's video did a lot of damage,” she said, still second Axios, a Washington official. However, the revelation was later denied by the White House, according to which the meeting was simply postponed for organizational reasons. In all of this, CNN reported that the American special envoy for the Middle East, Amos Hochsteinallegedly told the Israeli prime minister that his comments about weapons were “unproductive” and “completely false.”

In short, the relationships between Netanyahu and the Biden administration continue to prove quite tense. On the other hand, for the American president it is also a question of internal politics. The far left wing of the Democratic Party has strongly pro-Palestinian positions and has been accusing for months Biden of appearing too close to Israel. It is in this sense that some parts of that area have announced their intention to boycott the re-nomination of the occupant of the White House in key states such as Michigan and Minnesota. Not only. Mainly at the invitation of the Republicans, Netanyahu he will speak to the assembled houses of the American Congress on July 24th. For Biden, a double political problem looms. First of all, a significant part of the Democratic Party said it was against the Israeli prime minister's speech. Secondly, it should be remembered that the last time Netanyahu spoke to Congress in 2015 and, at the time, did not spare criticism of the fundamentally pro-Iranian policy of the Obama administration.

It is not at all excluded that, this time too, Iran could represent the front of greatest friction. The Israeli prime minister has in fact always judged – and not without some reason – the line of Biden on the topic as too bland and compliant. And the crux does not lie only in the growing nuclear ambitions of the Khomeinist regime: an element which, beyond Israel, greatly worries the Saudis themselves. The issue also concerns the fact that Tehran is the main financier of Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as the Houthis. Netanyahu and the Republicans would hope for a return to the Trumpist policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran: a line that Biden however, he is reluctant to restore, given that, in 2020, he promised to revive the controversial Iranian nuclear deal, which had been signed by the Obama administration five years earlier and from which Donald Trump he instead retired in 2018. It is also due to dissatisfaction with this situation that Jerusalem and Riyadh seem to be betting more on his return Trump at the White House. The objective is in fact to dust off the logic of the Abraham Accords. A logic that, coincidentally, Tehran has always contested.