Biden administration may non-cooperate with Israeli new government


According to Obama administration’s ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, Israeli political party MK’s Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich are “inconsistent with Biden’s values” and Biden administration will not cooperate with them. Meaning, if Democrats gain majority in the Congress and Senate during November 8 midterm elections, Joe Biden will intensify his anti-Israel policies and would force the new government to accept his two-state doctrine thus giving Jerusalem to Palestinians which Biden wants to be the capital of a Palestine state. Democrat’s victory during November 8 midterm elections will encourage individuals such as Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex, Rashida Tlaib and others in further expediting their anti-Israel agenda. For Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other jihadist groups, including Iran, victory of Democratic Party during the midterm elections is essential.

Speaking to The Algemeiner, former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said that he thinks it’s unlikely that the Biden Administration will directly engage with Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich of Israel’s Religious Zionism party should they gain cabinet seats in a Benjamin Netanyahu-led government.

“I highly doubt that the administration will work with Ben-Gvir, certainly, and likely Smotrich as well. They are advocates of racist and bigoted policies, they engage in anti-Arab incitement”, Shapiro said.

“And that’s inconsistent with President Biden’s strong defense of global democratic values which have always been shared Israeli values as well”.

Nonetheless, Shapiro believes that the strong relationship between the US and Israeli governments will not be jeopardized.

“President Biden and Netanyahu know each other very well and they’ll certainly be able to work together, and the United States should always work with the Israeli government on mutual interests. And Biden’s commitment to Israeli security and his respect for its democracy cannot be called into question”, he said.

On November 3, 2022, current US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said that he had called Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory. “I look forward to working together to maintain the unbreakable bond”, Nides wrote.

Shapiro served as US Ambassador to Israel under President Obama from 2011 to 2017. His tenure during Netanyahu’s last premiership coincided with substantial disagreements between Netanyahu and the Obama administration over US policy, notably the 2015 Iran nuclear deal–formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Netanyahu, who continues to object to the Biden administration’s efforts to return to the JCPOA, has also said he opposes the Israel-Lebanon maritime agreement that was brokered by the Biden administration last month.

Shapiro, however, doesn’t think Netanyahu will jettison the deal.

“I would expect the Israel-Lebanon maritime deal to hold up. It has been agreed to by the governments of both countries in letters to the United States. It has broad international support”, he said. “It ensures Israel’s security requirements, provides it with its share of revenue from a shared gas field, helps Lebanon get gas flowing in the midst of its economic and energy crisis, and limits the potential for conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean. So I think the logic of the deal holds up”.

Asked how the US could continue security coordination without engaging with the ministers responsible for those portfolios, Shapiro said that the US and Israel would be able to find workarounds. “If the United States will not work with Smotrich and Ben Gvir, and if they are ministers whose portfolios involve close coordination with the US, that coordination will have to be conducted via others”, he said. “Obviously, a coalition that does not include them would help avoid these disruptions, which is something Netanyahu should probably take into account”.

In my opinion, Benjamin Netanyahu should not bow-down to undue pressure from the Biden administration. Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich should be included in the cabinet, as they truly are committed to defending interests of the Jewish people and Israel.


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