U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit will end shortly after high noon on Friday with no special surprises. For good and for ill. The event will quickly be washed out of the collective memory. The news cycles in Israel are exceptional in their intensity, and the national emotion around them becomes dulled accordingly. This diplomatic episode is not expected to change the course of the election campaign and probably will not affect its outcome, either. There have been no few presidents in recent decades who chose to intervene crassly on behalf of their favorites, but in vain. Bill Clinton produced the “Sharm el-Sheikh conference for the war on terrorism” for Shimon Peres two months before the 1996 election. A few days before the polling booths opened he also invited him to the White House and gave him the royal treatment. It didn’t help. Benjamin Netanyahu was elected.
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