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Inside Biden’s ‘Hug Bibi’ Strategy

Inside Biden’s ‘Hug Bibi’ Strategy

The president believes the best way to shape Israeli strategy is to start with reassurance, and then use the trust he’s built. Jim Watson / AFP / Getty October 17, 2023, 3:48 PM ET With his trip to Israel tomorrow, Joe Biden will become the second American president to travel abroad to an active war zone that is not controlled by his own military. The first was also Joe Biden. When he ventured to Kyiv last February, he arrived during a lull in the fighting. This time, he’s flying into an escalating conflict. He will be, however briefly, the equivalent of a human shield, a temporary deterrent against a potential fusillade of Hezbollah rockets, because striking an American president is a risk that Iran’s proxy army in Lebanon will surely want to avoid. Biden’s visit isn’t simply a dramatic gesture of solidarity born of his deeply felt Zionism. It is a strategic mission, an expression of his highly psychological approach to foreign policy—and of the insights into the Israeli psyche he’s gleaned through his many …