Published on May 18, 2022 in The Hill.
Photo: A view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat, on March 10, 2022. An Israeli rights group says Israel has approved the construction of more than 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the biggest advancement of settlement projects since the Biden administration took office. Source: Associated Press/Maya Alleruzzo
President Biden may travel to Israel in June after consultations in Europe. Israel is both the epicenter and a lightning rod for the Middle East, and Biden’s remarks and actions will be scrutinized by all regional players. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity to articulate an American vision for the Middle East that balances engagement and withdrawal…Today the Middle East is undergoing a significant realignment following America’s withdrawal from the region…The Russian invasion of Ukraine is America’s priority for the moment, but the Middle East shouldn’t be neglected — or it will come back to bite us again.
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