US Politics

Marion McKeone: Biden squanders support and stature as US risks becoming outlier on Israel

As other allies of Israel grow increasingly critical of Netanyahu’s offensive in Gaza, the limits of the American president’s loyalty are being tested

US president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: growing disconnect. Picture: Getty

Claims in the US media that Joe Biden has reached a “tipping point” with Benjamin Netanyahu seem to be overstated.

As the Israeli prime minister prepares for a ground invasion into crowded Rafah, allies such as British foreign secretary David Cameron have warned of repercussions if the war continues to escalate.

But despite tough talk from Biden and his officials, it seemed clear last week that the US has no plan to sanction Netanyahu if ...