US Politics

US voters unconvinced by Biden’s bid to build ‘arsenal of democracy’

The president’s response to the Middle East crisis has been forged with an eye to next year’s election, but several polls suggest fewer than a third of Americans back his conduct of foreign policy

A passer-by looks at a field of US and Israeli flags placed at Statler Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Picture: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty

For the past two weeks, the Biden administration has been attempting a balancing act between providing unequivocal support for Israel and responding to growing concerns about the human toll of its response to the Hamas attacks.

The US response has been, broadly speaking, well received at home and in Israel. President Joe Biden’s speech on Thursday evening – only his second televised address from the White House – was intended to underscore and provide context ...