Immediately, analysts and officials said, Israel would feel the transition to the Biden administration as a shift of focus away from the conflict with the Palestinians. With a pandemic, a devastated economy and deep social rifts demanding his attention, Mr. Biden, to the extent he looks abroad, is said to put more emphasis on stress. with China and Russia, climate change and the repair of a rifting transatlantic alliance.
However, there are many questions about Iran. Mr. Biden has spoken of showing Tehran a “way back diplomatically,” offering to rejoin the Obama administration’s nuclear deal if Iran returns to comply strictly. Mr. Netanyahu opposed the deal and encouraged Mr. Trump̵7;s withdrawal from it.
Contrary to Mr Trump’s bias toward Israel, Mr Biden has promised to return to a more balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
That could mean, analysts and former officials argue that if Arab states like Morocco, Oman or Saudi Arabia show goodwill to normalize relations with Israel, the Biden administration could encourage them to insist on Israel’s concessions to the Palestinians.
Mr Biden is not delusional, however, and his advisers say a reachable deal with Mr. Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, longtime president of Palestine, are still in their work.
Instead, the new administration is expected to exert a calming influence. That could mean reopening the US consulate in Jerusalem, where Mr Trump disbanded, as an embassy sold to the Palestinians; reopened the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, and restored US funding to East Jerusalem hospitals, aid projects in the West Bank and Palestinian refugees.