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Poor Bibi. He is sitting endless hours by his private telephone waiting anxiously for a call from America’s new President Joseph Biden.

But it makes absolutely no sense. Why should President Biden call him? Rather, it should be the reverse.

Netanyahu should have picked up the phone after the winning election of Biden to wish him a mazaltov, a greeting of congratulations and best wishes on his success. But he failed to do it.

Biden has no obligation to call the Israeli prime minister. On the contrary. The call is Bibi’s obligation.

Relations between the two B’s have been cool for a long time. Biden dislikes Bibi for his long love affair with the past president Donald John Trump. As a past American vice-president, Biden opposed Israeli intentions of annexation of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. He was also opposed to Israeli rule in the Golan Heights.

All of us, or at least most of us who study the political affairs in the world, have long been aware of the coolness between the two men who have very little in common, save for the first initial of family names.

Biden simply dislikes Bibi. (So do I and that makes it the third B in the game). But he was under no obligation to call the Israeli prime minister. He waited for the call to come from Israel which it did not.

The cool relations between the two leaders is bound to grow cooler in time. Bibi may drool for an invitation to visit the White House but it may be long in coming. You can count on it. My money is on the Biden side of the coin.

Interestingly and more naturally, America’s Jews like Biden more than any admiration of Bibi. Among the American Jewish communities spread across the fifty states it appears that on a scale of 0 to 10, Biden scores an 8 and Bibi scores a 3. Sara and Yair come in evenly at a 0. (It all depends upon who is counting and who is keeping score).

The cool relationship (growing colder) will not affect America’s affection for Israel and we can continue to count upon American aid and support where and when it is needed.

President Biden has visited Israel in past years, particularly during the Obama presidency, and has expressed admiration for Israeli progress, development and ingenuity.

On another level, the new American president is and has always been a staunch friend of the Jewish people. His three daughters are happily married to Jewish men and the number of Jews appointed to cabinet positions is unusually high. That, of course, may cause a rise in anti-semitism in the United States at protest of so many Jews in high-ranking government office. What else is new???

President Biden, like decent-minded people everywhere (and I hope that I am one of them) will be deeply offended if the increased dislike of Jews continues to bear bitter fruits on the trees of despair.

Who knows and who can tell what our future relationship will be if President Biden continues to not hasten to pick up his Oval Office telephone to place a call to Binyamin Netanyahu. And while Biden does not groan over the missing congratulatory phone call from Bibi, it is our forlorn prime minister who sits and grieves in his Balfour street residence. Bibi simply can never accept rejection or not coming in first.

Of course it is Netanyahu’s obligation to make the first call to President Biden. He may, however, sadly hear a recorded voice that will displease him.

“Sorry. The Line is Busy. Please Try Your Call Again Later”. O U C H !!

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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