The Israeli crisis shows the limits of the U.S. president’s ability to chart his own course
Washington— President Biden has a clear idea that the US foreign policy should focus on: competing with China to “win the 21st century,” without distracting the complex and seemingly endless entanglements that plague other presidents.
On the contrary, Biden and his aides have been frantically trying to quell the outbreak of violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip in the past few days. The President urgently called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Benjamin Netanyahu), and the White House stated that other US officials themselves made more than 20 calls.
Although Biden plans to forge a new path in foreign policy, and some Democrats have called for a tougher line against Israel, his recent remarks echo the familiar themes of firm support for allies. Biden refused to join the call for Israel to ease its response.
Biden told Israel yesterday: “One of the things I have seen so far is that there has been no major overreaction.” “The question is how they can make the attacks, especially the missile strikes that are shot at the population centers, large. The extent of the reduction.”
Secretary of State Anthony Brinken also accused the Hamas group of launching rockets from the Palestinian territories to Israel, saying that “there is a fundamental difference between Hamas’ terrorist organizations that target civilians and self-defense Israeli organizations.”
The message is part of Biden’s previous pro-Israel views, but he disagrees with the growing liberal voices in his party. Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez (New York State) said on Twitter that Israel has no right to defend its speech and does not recognize “what caused this cycle of violence, namely the expulsion of Palestinians and the Attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque”. ) last Wednesday.
“This is not neutral language. He wrote: “You are on the side, and you are on the side of the occupation. “
From a broader perspective, Biden and his team believe that their core foreign policy mission is to be seen as isolationist, dictator-friendly, and sometimes recklessly ordered by former President Donald Trump. Later, it re-established the global role of the United States.
Biden struck a careful balance between engagement and intervention to renew the American alliance: he rejoined the Paris climate agreement, and to avoid costly entanglements, he announced his withdrawal from Afghanistan.
But the crisis in Israel shows the limitations of Biden’s ability to chart his own course. Biden is the most experienced foreign policy president in recent years. He has seen a series of presidents come to power determined to completely change the course of his predecessors, but only saw those plans derailed by world events.