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The Three Issues Netanyahu Can Use to Create an Early Crisis With Biden

Iran's nuclear program, China's investment in Israel and new settlement building could all lead to confrontations, if Netanyahu is looking for one

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu habitually conflates the “Iranian nuclear threat” with his political campaigns and personal prospects. In Netanyahu’s mind, to borrow from Humphrey Bogart’s  famous line to Ingrid Bergman, “We’ll always have Persia.”

If political expediency is what motivates him, and it usually does, then Netanyahu couldn’t have asked for a better agenda than the one expected to dominate American foreign policy and Israeli politics over the next two months. For Netanyahu, it’s a perfect confluence between the new Biden administration – which in the next few weeks will conduct internal deliberations, draft policy options, negotiate with cosignatories and decide whether to reenter the Iranian nuclear deal – and, on the other side of the ocean, another Israeli election, on March 23.

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