Donald Trump’s attempt to get election support from the Israeli prime minister backfired during a video call at the White House.
As journalists gathered in the Oval Office to celebrate the signing of a historic US-brokered peace agreement between Israel and Sudan, the US President requested Benjamin Netanyahu, Who was on the loudspeaker, if Joe Biden He could have secured such a deal.
Trump asked Mr. Netanyahu, “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi?” Sleepy Joe? Do you think he was going to make this deal? Somehow I don’t think so.
Dodging call for roads Mr. TrumpHis opponent to the presidency, the Israeli leader, replied: “Oh, well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is that we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America.
“We appreciate what you have done tremendously.”
Mr Trump had put the Israeli prime minister on the loudspeaker in front of the gathered media, and saw an opportunity for a moment in the election.
The Israeli leader has been accused in the past of interfering in the US elections. In 2012, he met the Republican candidate Mitt Romney During the election campaign they attacked policies Barack Obama.
But this time, with polls indicating Biden winning, the more cautious Netanyahu chose a more diplomatic tone.
There is no doubt that a Trump victory would be better for Netanyahu, whose policies in the Middle East have been supported, to a large extent, by the Trump administration.
Netanyahu has warmly welcomed Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear disarmament deal brokered by Obama.
The historic diplomatic normalization deals with Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and now Sudan have been forged with significant input from the White House, and while none of the deals have been finalized, they represent a major shift in regional relations.
Global diplomacy has been a key part of Trump’s re-election campaign as he seeks to prove he is a successful dealmaker.
It is not entirely clear how politics in the Middle East under Biden will change.
While it is unlikely that any of the deals brokered by Trump will be unselected, greater attempts will be made to bring the Palestinians back into the fold.
Mr. Netanyahu and Biden have a relationship that stretches back decades.
President Obama has often asked Biden to take the lead in trying to promote peace in the region.