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The Importance of Listening to America’s Allies

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The incoming administration of President-elect Biden has stirred up conversations across the Middle East about America’s future policy toward Iran. It’s no surprise that the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is at the center of these discussions. What is surprising is that Arabs and Israelis are now using the pronoun “we” to express their concerns about Iran. Hopefully, the incoming Biden administration will take note of this dramatic shift, and listen to America’s key allies in the region.

One such example can be found in a fascinating conversation between Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israel’s Military Intelligence and currently Executive Director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

In the conversation, Ambassador Al Otaiba was asked, “What is your opinion of the new Biden Administration as it contemplates returning to the JCPOA?”


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