October 26, 2022

‘More of a Wildcard’: What a Netanyahu Comeback Could Mean for US-Israeli Relations

Featuring Jonathan Lord

Source: USA Today

Journalists Maureen Groppe, Jotam Confino

Jonathan Lord, director of the Middle East Security program at the Center for a New American Security, said Netanyahu would take a more adversarial, public approach to rejecting Biden’s efforts to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, potentially seeking to punish any U.S. politician who supports it. Netanyahu strained the long-standing bipartisan nature of Israeli-U.S. relations when he accepted the invitation from Republican leaders to address Congress about the Iran deal without consulting the Obama administration, Lord said.

If Netanyahu wins, he could be even more aggressive, particularly if Republicans take control of Congress in the midterm elections and Biden is perceived as weak going into the 2024 presidential election, said Osama Khalil, a Syracuse University history professor who specializes in Middle East affairs.

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Authors

  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...