President Joe Biden has declined an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel. Speculations abound about the reasons behind this decision, with some attributing it to the historically strained relationship between the two leaders. Surprisingly, despite being in office for over six months, President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu have not had a face-to-face meeting, prompting questions about the nature of their interactions.
Earlier this year, President Biden also chose not to extend the customary White House invitation to Netanyahu, citing disagreements over proposed judicial reforms and coalition partners. His decision raised concerns about the level of openness and cooperation between the two leaders.
In the context of recent events, particularly the devastating terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel, President Biden has expressed strong support for Israel's right to self-defense and firmly condemned the attack. His unequivocal statements, denouncing Hamas as "Jew-hating terrorists" and characterizing their actions as a "violation of every code of human morality" with parallels to attempts at "genocide of the Jewish people," have been notable.
This reads like satire, but it’s authentic folks. He’s very distressed because Biden’s trip to Israel is giving him shade. pic.twitter.com/WlT5kUo2b4
— Marlene Robertson (@marlene4719) October 17, 2023
The reasons behind President Biden's refusal to visit Israel remain speculative. Some suggest concerns about witnessing the realities on the ground, while others ponder whether his busy schedule might be a factor. Regardless, this decision is seen by some as reflective of his foreign policy approach and raises questions about the extent of his support for Israel.