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Biden’s Diplomatic Push In Saudi Arabia Raises Questions For Israel

Analysis explores the motives behind Biden's efforts and the challenges facing Israeli government

In Caroline Glick’s News Analysis this week, she examines:

1. The backstory behind the flurry of U.S. diplomatic activity in Saudi Arabia. What is the Biden administration seeking to achieve in its sudden effort to shepherd a deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia? and what does New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman want Israel to do?

“During his visit, Biden repeatedly pointed out that the return of the United States to the region is necessary to prevent the creation of a vacuum that Russia and China will fill, implying that they would do so via cooperation with Iran,” said JNS.

To this end, given the economic consequences of the war in Ukraine, Biden put aside his human rights agenda, surrendered his dignity and “went to Canossa,” where he met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in Jeddah. 

Biden’s policy shift on Saudi Arabia shows that the threat from Russia, China and Iran has somewhat shifted his thinking. Unfortunately, there are elements in the Democratic Party that will stand in the way of the policy changes this shift requires.

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New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman L and Caroline Glick discussion on anti-Israel piece, anti-reform protestors reaching out to US for help and whether Supreme Court can abrogate Basic Laws.JNS.

2. The renewed efforts by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s team to mobilize the Biden administration against the Israeli government and what it tells us about the people organizing the assaults on the Netanyahu government.

“The former prime minister appears at every anti-government protest rally and in every foreign television studio with preening self-confidence, sky-high arrogance and the most untamed political language heard in this country in decades,” said a JNS report.

He savages Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and anybody to the right of him as “dark and dangerous ultra-nationalists who are undermining the foundations of Zionism and Israeli democracy.”

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New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman L and Caroline Glick discussion on anti-Israel piece, anti-reform protestors reaching out to US for help and whether Supreme Court can abrogate Basic Laws.JNS.

3. Israeli Supreme Court president Esther Hayut’s decision to adjudicate petitions calling for the abrogation of Basic Laws, which are themselves the source of the Supreme Court’s power.

“Hayut’s stewardship of the court over the past six years has been disgraceful and destructive to both the court and the State of Israel. The Hayut court dropped even the pretense of judiciousness. Hayut cast the court on a course of ideological radicalism and politicization that has no parallel anywhere in the world,” said JNS report.

Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager

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