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US pullout from Afghanistan frees up resources for Israel — Biden officials

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WASHINGTON — The US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan will ultimately free up resources that can subsequently be diverted to other regional allies such as Israel, a pair of senior officials in the Biden administration said on Tuesday.

“If anything, the end of America’s military involvement in Afghanistan frees up resources and attention and ultimately allows us to better support our partners like Israel,” one of the officials said in a background briefing ahead of US President Joe Biden’s hosting of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the White House on Thursday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Biden will use the opportunity to reinforce his commitment to Israel and other US allies in the region “in the backdrop of what’s going on in Afghanistan.”

The officials rejected a notion repeated frequently by analysts since the recent presidential election campaign that Biden is seeking to “de-prioritize the Middle East” in order to focus more squarely on combating the growing influences of China and Russia.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, in the Biden administration, we are not pursuing… unachievable goals,” one of the senior officials said during the briefing.

“We’re not trying to transform the Middle East. We’re not trying to overthrow regimes. We are pursuing a very steady course, centered on achievable aims; alignment of ends and means; and, first and foremost, support to our partners, and, of course, Israel being second to none,” the official said.

This philosophy appears to have extended to the administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where it has insisted that it will not........

© The Times of Israel

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