News ID: 322846
Published: 0319 GMT July 12, 2022

American wallets tied to Middle East energy

American wallets tied to Middle East energy

Jafar Qannadbashi, Expert on Middle East Affairs

U.S. President Joe Biden travels to the Middle East region starting Wednesday and, on the final leg of his trip, will visit Saudi Arabia on Friday. On the face of it, Biden’s trip to Jeddah contrasts his remarks during the election campaign and his harsh criticism of the Arab country. The truth is, however, that Saudi Arabia and the Zionist regime are pillars of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. In fact, Biden’s seemingly harsh criticism of the Saudis was a tactic to entice Riyadh to sign new contracts with the U.S. administration.

On one hand, the U.S. desperately needs Middle East oil. The energy crisis has caused economic problems in this country as evidenced by the unprecedented gas price surge. Consequently, the US administration is seeking to guarantee the transportation of Middle East oil to Western countries, which requires tensions to be eased in the region. That is why Washington is exerting pressure on Riyadh to secure a cease-fire in Yemen. It can be argued that the wallet of every American is tied to the energy of the Middle East, and if the process of transporting energy is in jeopardy, the interests of Americans would undergo some changes.

On the other hand, the congressional midterm elections are right around the corner, and it seems like Democrats in the U.S. are not in good shape. Republicans have fiercely criticized the foreign policy of the Biden administration. Its performance in domestic policy has not been defendable either. Biden’s upcoming trip to the Middle East and his scheduled meetings with the heads of Arab states is evidently linked to these pressures coming from within the U.S. What Americans count as success in foreign policy is to guarantee their import of energy and sale of weapons. Biden hopes to obtain the consent of Arab leaders in the Middle East to sign new contracts and secure the purchase of oil and sale of weapons for Americans.

Therefore, one of the main objectives that Biden pursues during his trip to Saudi Arabia and meetings with leaders of Arab countries is to secure more economic benefits for the U.S. in the form of guaranteeing the transport of energy and possibly arms sales.

Apparently, giving weight to the Abraham Accords, which pertain to the process of normalizing relations between Arab states and the Zionist regime, is another issue that occupies Biden’s mind during the trip. The reality is that the train of normalizing relations stopped on its tracks soon after Donald Trump left the White House. Recently, the Iraqi Parliament has also delivered a heavy blow to the Abraham Accords by passing legislation that criminalizes any attempt to normalize relations with Israel.

The Abraham Accords essentially serve a security function, which is to say that the more countries decide to normalize relations with the Zionist regime, the more its security is ensured. As a result, Israeli officials and lobbyists seek to exert pressure on Biden during his trip to the occupied territories and Saudi Arabia to put the stationary train back into motion. In return for a promise to help Biden in the next presidential election, Israeli lobbyists want him to apply pressure on the Arab countries of the region to promote Tel Aviv’s interests.

Thus, facilitating the process of normalizing relations between Arab states and Israel is another objective of Biden’s trip to the region. How much he succeeds in this objective is disputable. Despite the incentives that Washington and the Zionists have offered, Saudi Arabia has not yet been able to hop on the train of normalization of ties.



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