Today, Sunday, in a conversation with Erel Segal and Yariv Oppenheimer on 103FM, Arab Affairs analyst Shimrit Meir explained the consequences for the Israeli-Palestinian Authority arena of Joe Biden as President of the United States.
"The administration can and needs to launch talks between Israel and the Palestinians at a time when there is no possibility on both sides."
She felt that Abbas wanted the chance to leave the political arena and put an end to his journey with dignity, not as battered and wounded, and that the United States could do it.
“We will see an effort for ‘Make Abbas Great Again.’ At least to revitalize him,” such as through “a renewal of economic aid, maybe to UNRWA, the opening of an American consulate in east Jerusalem” among other possibilities.
As to the question of why the Saudis have still not congratulated Biden, Meir said that
"The Saudis do not congratulate for several reasons - they have values of respect and appreciation for Trump."
She further stated that in Washington, the Saudis are facing an enormous problem, since Muhammad bin Salman is not yet a king and is very vulnerable — and the Democratic Party does not love him.
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