Biden first U.S. president in 40 years to not call Israeli leaders during first days
Often times, silence speaks louder than words. And in the case of President Joe Biden’s foreign policy, this is the case.
For the first time in 40 years, a new U.S. president has not contacted Israeli leaders within the first few days of being in office. In fact, Biden still has not made a call and this is fourth week in office.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the 46th president has contacted Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping but has failed to contact America’s closest ally in the Middle East.
The Beacon found that Biden is the first president since Reagan in 1981 to not contact Israel as one of the first actions in office.
They report that H.W. Bush called within 5 days, Clinton in 3, W. Bush in 7, Obama on his first day, and Trump on his second.
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) told the Beacon he doesn’t know what Biden is avoiding.
“The American-Israeli relationship is vital to our national security for a litany of reasons,” Jackson said. “I urge President Biden to ignore the radical left in his party and make a strong show of support for our partnership with Israel by calling Prime Minister Netanyahu.”
The news comes on top of a press conference with Jen Psaki last week where she would not list Israel as an ally, as reported by this site.
“I know that you’re saying that things are still under review, including policies like the Abraham Accords, but could please just give us a broad sense of what the administration is trying to achieve in the Middle East?” the reporter asked Psaki, then asking, “does the administration consider the Saudis and the Israelis important allies?”
Psaki would not give a solid answer.
“I think […] there are ongoing processes and internal, interagency processes, one we, that I think, confirmed during an interagency meeting last week to discuss a range of issues in the Middle East,” Psaki said.
Instead of answering the basic foreign policy question, she appears to punt it.
“We’ve only been here three and a half weeks,” she said. “I think I’m gonna let those policy processes see themself through before we give kind of a complete lay-down of what our national security approaches will be to a range of issues.”