With the March 23 election and the battle against the pandemic in the background, the cabinet and the defense establishment are occupied with Iran’s nuclear project – amid Israel’s fraught relations with the Biden administration – and the ping-pong of threats vis-a-vis Hezbollah in the north.
The longed-for phone call from Joe Biden finally arrived Wednesday. But there are several lessons in the fact that the president kept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waiting for a month. The new administration is working in an orderly fashioning, speaking with leaders in accordance to the importance it attaches to each region. Despite the firm bilateral alliance, Washington has no intention of letting Netanyahu cut the line, especially in light of his deep solidarity with the Republican Party in the past decade.