Biden Has Meeting With Netanyahu

Biden Has Meeting With Netanyahu

( – President Joe Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in nine months to further discussions about normalizing the relationship between Israel and rival Saudi Arabia. The leaders appear close to reaching an agreement with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, although how Israel handles Palestine could ultimately determine whether the countries find enough common ground.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have talked about making normalization deals for years, according to the Carnegie Endowment. It explains that normalization doesn’t exert the same status as a peace treaty, and it might not result in peaceful long-term effects if different groups continue fighting over the territory. Instead, normalization works to establish agreements between all parties, promoting amicable approaches toward one another, even if they can’t see eye to eye on religion and other issues critical to both sides.

The American Institute of Peace states that the big problem Arabs have with Israel is its plan to annex areas of the West Bank, which would undoubtedly spark additional conflict with Palestinians and their supporters. Israel has agreed to postpone the move, but Netanyahu has clarified his eventual plans to resume the action, insisting Israelis hold sovereign rights to the land. Meanwhile, Palestinians want a dedicated state of their own, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejecting the idea of any further action on the West Bank that goes against their favor. Saudi Arabia — a Muslim country — has supported the Palestinians in the matter, but even that could change if Abbas refuses to work with Israeli leaders.

Former President Donald Trump helped pave the way for normalization during his term by establishing the Abraham Accords between Israel and neighboring countries in September 2020. The agreements sought to foster peaceful coexistence between Israel and Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates.

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