During his short tenure as president, Joe Biden has made it a priority to schedule phone calls to American allies across the globe, ranging from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan to President Emmanuel Macron of France. More recently, the new president made the time to have a conversation with the leader of America’s greatest geopolitical adversary, Chairman Xi Jinping of China.
Noticeably absent from Biden’s call list, however, has been the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. In office for nearly a month, Biden’s lack of outreach to Netanyahu is troubling, given that former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump called the Israeli leader within days of assuming office.
When asked about the matter during a recent press conference, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, attempted to downplay worries, stating the delayed call is “not an intentional dis,” and the president “will be speaking with the prime minister soon, and he’s looking forward to doing that.” Nevertheless, a