ISRAEL/USA/IRAN – Israel Must Talk to Biden (Eldad Shavit, Rotem Oreg, INSS)

Following the recent elections in the United States, President-elect Joe Biden declared the incoming administration’s intention to return to the nuclear deal and lift the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Trump administration if Tehran returns to full compliance with its commitments as part of the agreement. However, senior administration officials appear willing to discuss the matter in consultation with US allies in the Middle East, and in particular with Israel. In the dialogue that is expected to take place with the administration, Israel must formulate realistic and professional working assumptions, present constructive positions on the basis of these assumptions, and maintain discretion as well as honest and transparent conduct. Israel’s course of action will likely help determine the consideration it receives from the administration, its impact on policy, and the nature of relations between the two governments over time.