Under immense pressure from Republicans, it would appear that Joe Biden has caved, at least somewhat.
Biden has been avoiding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like the plague. This is mostly out of fear of how the far left in Congress would react.
This week, the Times of Israel reported that a meeting between the two will take place, although a location and time has not been locked in.
Biden likes to call Netanyahu by his nickname, Bibi, when he talks to the media to make it sound like the two of them are all warm and fuzzy.
This is something that actually bothers me about Netanyahu, as he always takes the high road even when he should be knocking Biden down a few notches.
For instance, when his office announced that a visit would be taking place with Biden, Netanyahu called the conversation “warm and long.”
The dumping on Israel started under the Obama administration and after four years of fixing that relationship under Trump, Biden took a blow torch to it on the first day, and all Netanyahu can do is nod and smile.
I get why he is being nice… they need US aid to survive, but I would still like to see him throw a jab at Biden every now and again.
I would also note that while Netanyahu touted the meeting, the official White House readout of the call failed to mention that little tidbit.
This is happening, however, as the Israeli statement read, “President Biden invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet in the near future. The prime minister accepted the invitation and it was agreed that Israeli and American teams would coordinate the details of the meeting,”
This was confirmed by spokesman John Kirby, who also took a shot at Israel in the process, stating, “They have agreed that they will meet, probably before the end of this year, and all the details of the wheres and whens are still being worked out.”
He stressed: “This doesn’t mean we have less concerns about the judicial reform or about the extremists in the Israeli government. We remain concerned.”
Biden Spokesman John Kirby confirms President Biden agreed to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 'some time before the end of the year.'
Doesn't confirm if the meeting will take place at the White House. pic.twitter.com/DNvgW19g42
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) July 17, 2023
Now that the meeting has been confirmed, it will be interesting to see how the Squad reacts, especially after their reaction to the Israeli president’s visit.