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Under the above heading, Igor Sobotin wrote, in “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, about the implications of not arranging a contact, so far, between Biden and Netanyahu.
The article stated: The US presidential administration and the Israeli authorities are not trying to hide the diplomatic distance that arose between them with the arrival of Joseph Biden to the White House. The telephone silence that has lasted for nearly three weeks between the American leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be very disturbing to those around the latter and somewhat eloquent regarding the priorities of US foreign policy.
Meanwhile, Ariel Bilstein, the aide to Netanyahu who heads the public diplomacy project of the Eurasian Jewish Congress, has denied that there is discontent in Israel with Biden’s telephone diplomacy.
He expressed to “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” his confidence that “this is probably evidence that the first directions of the new administration are not related to the Middle East. He said,” Certainly, Biden will pay attention to the areas that he identified in his election campaign. And he, he barely spoke of the Middle East. His first conversations with international leaders show that he intends to tackle a different issue. For example, strengthening the transatlantic partnership with European countries. As for the relationship between the United States and Israel, it is extraordinarily strong, and does not depend on when Netanyahu and Biden talk. “
However, there is another point of view. Commenting on the White House’s first steps, Barbara Slavin, head of the “Future of Iran” initiative at the Atlantic Council think-tank in Washington, told Nezavisimaya Gazeta: “It seems that the Biden administration is intent on formulating its policy toward Iran by first consulting with its allies.” “Biden has not yet spoken to the Saudi leaders and wants to make Bibi (Netanyahu) sweat. There are reports of channels to restore contact with Iran via Qatar.”
At the same time, Slavin admits that Biden is setting priorities in his phone conversations in order to distance himself from Donald Trump’s legacy.
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