14 Jul 2022

Biden visits Middle East – against backdrop of low approval ratings at home

President Biden was categoric about Saudi Arabia when he was running for office: he condemned the country’s record on human rights.

But now he’s in the Middle East, hoping to promote US interests against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, and realpolitik is the order of the day.

First stop on his tour is Israel, where the impact of his predecessor, Donald Trump, remains evident.