Times of Israel: White House says Biden will call Netanyahu ‘soon’ as speculation of rift grows

February 12, 2021

By Jacob Magid

Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who served in the Obama administration and is also a rumored candidate for the job under Biden, downplayed the matter in a Thursday webinar organized by the Jewish Democratic Council of America. The former envoy pointed out that the president was speaking first with leaders of countries at the top of his foreign policy agenda, which Washington has said will focus more primarily on combatting the global influences of China and Russia, and relatively less so on the Middle East.

“This is not about Israel or about anything that happened in the Obama or Trump years. It’s simply about what President Biden’s priorities are,” Shapiro said.