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The View from Israel: What a Biden Presidency Will Mean for Israel’s National Security Concerns
Featuring Ambassador Yoram Ettinger, Alex Traiman, and Ruthie Blum

The view from Israel about a potential Biden presidency appears to differ vastly than the view from the United States. In the United States, approximately 70 percent of American Jews voted for Joe Biden. In Israel, according to a poll taken by the Israeli Democracy Institute, approximately 70 percent said that they would favor Donald Trump as the next American president.

We have been hearing promises throughout the campaign that if elected President-elect Joe Biden will be returning to the Iranian nuclear deal. The likely incoming president has also promised to re-open the PLO mission in Washington, reopen the US consulate inexact Jerusalem for the Palestinians, work towards a two-state solution, and restore financial assistance to the Palestinians. At this time, a great deal of questions remain: Will the incoming administration repeat the mistakes of the Obama administration in its eagerness to get a deal with the Iranians? Will they remove all sanctions, including those on the transfer of lethal weapons and nuclear material to and from the Islamic republic? Will the new administration elevate Ramallah at the expense of the new agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan? Will we be going backwards to an emphasis on the Palestinians and what will this mean for the opening of relations with the Sunni and Gulf states?

Nov 24, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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