Biden said this morning: “We’re going to deepen our connections in science and innovation and work to address global challenges through the new strategic high-level dialogue on technology.
“We’ll continue to advance Israel’s integration into the region, expand emerging forums and engagement.
“Greater peace, greater stability, greater connection.
“It’s critical,” he asserted.
“It’s critical, if I might add, for all the people of the region.”
The president then spoke about the Holocaust.
“To keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust — horror of the Holocaust!” he said, realizing his mistake and trying to correct it.
JOE BIDEN in Israel: “…to keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust — horror of the Holocaust” pic.twitter.com/g5HeNRmihj
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 13, 2022
“We’re very careful about setting objectives, particularly in the Middle East,” a senior administration official said about any peace process with the Palestinians.
“Where administrations have gotten themselves in deep trouble is by promising the Moon and not being able to deliver and wasting time and resources and investment.
“Had we launched a peace process, there would have been nobody at the table.”
“If the parties are ready to talk, we are always going to be right there to help, but we are not going to come out with some top-down mandated plan and create expectations that can’t be met,” the official said.
CNN reported on how Biden is embracing Trump’s successful Abraham Accords:
The Biden administration’s focus on the Abraham Accords more broadly, though, also reflects a recognition that a fundamental shift in regional dynamics has begun.
“In some ways, it’s a policy earthquake,” said David Makovsky, a distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy who worked on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during the Obama administration.
“I think there’s a fundamental paradigm shift from which there’s no return.”
Ahead of Biden’s trip, Israeli officials have made no secret of their eagerness to advance toward normalization with Saudi Arabia and their hope that Biden can help them make progress on that front.
“Saudi Arabia, the way we see it, is that it is a very important country in the Middle East and beyond. In expanding Israeli normalization with the Arab world, we would also like to see Saudi Arabia as part of that expansion,” a senior Israeli official told CNN.
To that end, Israel has pushed for Biden to travel to Saudi Arabia and mend ties with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — whom the US accused in a declassified CIA report of having approved the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — believing that expanding the Abraham Accords would be more difficult without strengthened US-Saudi relations, despite Biden’s tough domestic political situation around Saudi relations.
The Crown Prince has denied involvement in the murder.