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Biden’s Middle East policy is a disaster. Here’s all the proof you need

Editor’s note: The following column is distributed by Tribune Content Agency.

If one is mixing chemicals, getting the formula wrong can produce disastrous results.

It is the same with international diplomacy. For decades the left was wrong about the Soviet Union and China, believing that what the U.S. did or did not do would have a positive influence on communist dictators who jailed and executed opponents of their regime, and still do. Though the Soviet Union is no more, Russia’s Vladimir Putin behaves like his predecessors, Mikhail Gorbachev being a possibly milder version.

The Biden administration is once again employing the wrong formula in the Middle East. On a recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Israel would have to make considerable concessions to the Palestinians if a deal brokered by the U.S. with Riyadh were to succeed. Many observers believe that had Donald Trump been re-elected that deal with the Saudis would have been made because Riyadh wants to shore up its defenses against what it considers a threat from Iran. The Abraham Accords seemed a major motivator for Saudi Arabia to join other countries in making peace with Israel.

Following that meeting, Netanyahu spoke at Bar-Ilan University during which he said a successful conclusion to any negotiations with the Palestinian leadership would require two elements: “a public, genuine and binding Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people” and “The Palestinian areas would have to be demilitarized with solid security arrangements for Israel.”

To this day the Palestinian leadership has agreed to neither condition, so it is hard to fathom why Secretary Blinken believes an old and potentially explosive formula would work now when it hasn’t before.

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Cal Thomas is one of America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist in the U.S. He is the author of several books. His most recent is “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States.” Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.

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