The US president, who has begun a tour of the Middle East, increased talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem on Thursday. On this occasion, he should make a “declaration” confirming the cooperation of the United States and Israel against Iran.
After courtesy diplomacy, place for thorny issues. On Thursday, July 14, US President Joe Biden doubled down on contacts with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem, where he must endorse a “declaration” affirming US-Israel cooperation in confronting Iran.
A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the “Jerusalem Declaration on the Strategic Partnership between the United States and Israel” would be “a living testimony to the unique nature, health, breadth, depth, and intimacy” of this bilateral relationship.
“Fairly good community from the point of view”
In particular, he said, this document would express “a very clear and united position against Iran and its nuclear program and its aggression throughout the region.”
The Americans do not yet use the term “Jerusalem Declaration” to invoke this text. But a senior White House official, who asked not to be named, described the document as “important.”
Il contient “le serment de ne jamais permettre à l’Iran de se doter de l’arme nucléaire”, at-il indiqué, assurant que les États-Unis et Israël avaient “une assez bonne communauté de points de vue” sur this file .
The attitude to adopt toward Tehran is a source of hesitation between the United States, which wants to try the diplomatic track by reviving the 2015 agreement aimed at ensuring the civilian character of Iran’s nuclear program, and Israel, one of the observers. hard line.
“A huge mistake”
And accuses Israel, which experts consider the only nuclear power in the Middle East, Iran, its archenemy, of seeking to acquire the atomic bomb, which the country categorically denies.
In 2018, under the Trump administration, the United States withdrew from the 2015 agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting the latter to retreat from some of its commitments dictated by that agreement.
“It was a huge mistake by the former president to withdraw from the deal because they (the Iranians) are closer to atomic weapons today than they were before,” Joe Biden said in a statement. An interview with the Israeli Channel 12 aired on Wednesday evening.
Asked if he was prepared to use force to ensure that Iran did not obtain atomic weapons, Joe Biden replied: “Yes, if that is a last resort.”
Israel fears, among other things, that lifting the sanctions will replenish Iran’s coffers, allowing it to increase its support for regional allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas, which harass the Jewish state.
In detail, Joe Biden is scheduled to meet this afternoon with Prime Minister Yair Lapid.
He will also participate in a meeting in a format called “I2U2”, with the leaders of Israel, India, an ally of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, the country that normalized relations in 2020 with Israel.
At this meeting, according to the senior US official, a “two billion dollar” project for agricultural development in India will be presented.
Joe Biden will also meet President Isaac Herzog, who will decorate him with a “Medal of Honor”, and he will go to cheer on American athletes participating in the Maccabiah Games, Jewish sports meetings organized every four years in Israel.
Finally, as is customary for an American president, especially as Israel campaigns for early legislative elections on November 1, Biden will meet with the political opposition, in this case former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
La visite de Joe Biden – sa dixième au total, mais sa première comme président – vise pour Washington à rappeler son influence dans une région qui n’a jusqu’ici pas été la priorité de l’administration démocrate, surtout obnubiléet par Russia.
“If both sides are willing to talk, we will be there”
Where nearly all US administrations have directed many diplomatic efforts toward the Middle East, with major initiatives for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Joe Biden’s efforts so far have remained in the background.
The president intends, according to a senior US official, to make on Friday, during a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank, a “significant” aid to East Jerusalem hospitals, and the project to develop a 4G network in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
He stressed that this economic support “does not replace the need, in the end, for a political horizon.” “We will not present a comprehensive peace plan” because that “will create expectations that are likely to be disappointing” but “if the parties are ready for dialogue, we will be there.” After Israel, Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia on Friday.