Ahead of the US election there is speculation about what the outcome will mean for Israel.
By Dr Adnan Abu Amer | Middle East Monitor | Nov 2, 2020
A President Biden will, it is believed, reopen the Palestinian Embassy in Washington — the Office of the Palestine Liberation Organization to be precise — which Trump closed in 2018
Israel is getting ever more concerned about the result of the US election tomorrow. It fears a win for Democrat candidate Joe Biden and the loss of its ally Donald Trump. In preparation for a Democrat victory, it is seeking closer cooperation with regional countries, greater influence within the Democratic Party, and positive contacts with Biden’s campaign team to negate the possibility of an anti-Israel foreign policy in Washington and an end to the US-Israel honeymoon.
Among the Israeli concerns about a President Biden in the White House is that he may take the US back into the Iran nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew in 2018. The Israelis also expect the issue of its settlements across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem to be back on the agenda with a Democratic administration, which is likely to view them once again as an obstacle to peace. The UN will also probably be emboldened to criticise the illegal settlements. Israel’s relationship with the White House will, most Israelis believe, be less than cordial.
The assessment is that if Biden is elected, the Palestinian issue will be the top priority of his foreign policy, because he will try to distance himself from his predecessor. Radical Democrats are likely to push for key government positions and from there apply pressure on Israel regarding the settlements. Israelis still remember the “bad old days” when Barack Obama was in office. In 2016 he signed a ten-year aid agreement with Israel worth $3.8 billion per annum, which Congress must ratify annually. Today, the radicals in the Democratic Party are demanding to take advantage of this to push Israel to change its positions.