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Is the Biden administration sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong?
Former White House Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt expressed his concerns about U.S. interference in Israeli domestic politics to Fox News Digital.
Israel is opposed to the new, controversial Iran nuclear deal raising the ire of the Biden administration. Two of Isreal’s domestic issues–judicial reform and settlements– have also created a rift between the U.S. and the Jewish state.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is working towards reigning in the judiciary. The coalition argues that the judiciary has too much power.
Opponents of Netanyahu’s plan say that if successful, the reform will give the Israeli parliament too much power and “endanger civil rights protection.”
Greenblatt who authored the book “In the Path of Abraham,” said, “The Biden Administration continues to put pressure on the Israeli government to abandon its judicial reform plans.
“This is blatant interference with another country’s internal policies. Israel has a robust democracy. The world has seen this with the massive protests for and against judicial reform.
“The Biden Administration continues to think that America can dictate what its allies’ policies should be. This kind of pressure by the U.S. upon other countries’ internal matters failed with Saudi Arabia and it will fail with Israel.”
The former envoy also noted that “Israel is a country that will act in accordance with its interests, laws and democratic procedures. Not inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House in the hopes of putting additional pressure on him is petty and will not yield the desired results.
“The U.S. has to learn to work with others where it can, and accept that we don’t get to boss our friends and allies around.”
Greenblatt pointed out that the Biden administration is not consistent in regard to Israel.
“On the positive side, it often says the right things with respect to Israel’s non-Iran security challenges and generally has been cooperative regarding those challenges.
“According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the U.S.-Israel alliance remains steadfast, and security and intelligence cooperation is at an all-time high,” but Greenblatt is skeptical about the administration’s Iran policy.
Author and expert on the Middle East, Caroline Glick, spoke to Fox News Digital and said that U.S. “Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s sudden cancelation of his planned visit to Israel is a clear sign that the Biden administration had committed the United States to a policy of nuclear appeasement towards Iran.
“Last week we learned that the administration is surreptitiously negotiating a so-called ‘interim nuclear deal’ with the Iranian regime. The deal reportedly involves the U.S. dropping all of its sanctions against Iran and in exchange, Iran will end its uranium enrichment.”
CEO of the Washington D.C.-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies has other concerns regarding the Biden administration’s actions.
Mark Dubowitz told Fox News Digital that he is more concerned that the Biden administration is “secretly pursuing a deal with Iran” and Blinken didn’t want to go over to Israel and make waves.
Glick believes that to the Israelis, it looks as if the U.S. is no longer a credible ally and therefore, there is no reason to work with the U.S. on Iran policy.
The U.S. State Department told Fox News Digital that the administration is committed to “furthering the ironclad U.S.-Israel relationship.”