Biden’s visit has an interesting wrinkle. He’ll be flying to Saudi Arabia directly from Israel

Reality bites Biden
Jonathan Schanzer
June 23, 2022

…Meanwhile, the Saudis and Israelis recently engaged in a diplomatic agreement that signaled mutual recognition. Egypt sought to hand control of two Red Sea islands — Tiran and Sanafir — to Saudi Arabia. However, the islands were subject to the 1979 peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. In order for Egypt to complete the transfer, Israel was required to bless the deal. It did. Suddenly, Biden was poised to take Saudi-Israeli normalization to the next level. He simply needed to embrace the policy of normalization that his predecessor had harnessed. With the announcement of his Middle East trip next month, Biden made his pivot. READ MORE

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