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How Biden Can Reset a Course Toward Peace on his Visit to Israel

The US president should legitimize the core narratives of each side and reiterate that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a conflict of dueling nationalities.
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Michael Koplow is a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Chief Policy Officer of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly

“When US President Joe Biden lands at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, he will be conducting one of the most unusual trips to Israel ever made by an American president. Biden is not launching a major diplomatic initiative, is not making any far-reaching announcements, is not bringing any significant largesse to either the Israelis or the Palestinians, and the stops in Jerusalem and Bethlehem are only a prelude to the more pressing stop days later in Riyadh. Even if Biden did have an expansive agenda, it would be undermined by the fact that he will be meeting with a transitional Israeli government led by Interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid that does not have the authority to enact significant policy changes in the period between the fall of the government at the end of June and Israeli elections in November. In a variety of ways, Biden’s trip looks anticlimactic before he even boards Air Force One.”

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