President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid have released a joint statement recommitting to partnership, peace and a safer Middle East.
“The leaders of the United States and Israel, President Biden and Prime Minister Yair Lapid, met in Jerusalem on 14 July 2022, and adopted the following Joint Declaration on the US-Israel Strategic Partnership,” declared the official White House statement, issued on July 14, 2022, even as President Joe Biden continued his official progression in the Middle East.
There are always any number of pressing concerns in the Middle East and its environs, 2022 being no exception. There are proxy wars being conducted by the rogue government of Iran to be considered, along with Iran’s growing nuclear program and ambitions. Extremist groups, terrorists and criminal cartels constantly beset the region.
Complicating all that is the prospect of Middle Eastern oil in a time of near-crisis level fuel costs in the U.S. Prior to a few years ago, U.S. dependence on Saudi oil was waning; today it is as strong as ever, and growing stronger.
Long before Mr. Biden concluded his trip, plenty of mainstream, corporate and legacy media outlets were ready to declare the tour an unmitigated disaster, unsalvageable; an utter waste of time that gleaned the U.S. nothing and diminished the standing of the United States on the world stage.
Those critics may not consider a closer strategic partnership with Israel a successful deliverable; most people do.
Whatever one might think about the land rights of Palestinians displaced nearly 75 years ago when the state of Israel was formerly established in the post-WWII world; whether or not one believes Israel to be the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people; the fact remains that Israel is the only Democratic nation in the region.
It is a small but mighty nation rich in natural resources, technology and strategic defense experience. Israel has quietly become the “Start-up Nation” over the past decade as more and more budding tech companies have flocked to the tiny nation. Israel has since given the world products like Waze.
Israel has the best water desalinization technology in the world.