A U.S.-born Israeli author and expert on the Middle East says Israel's prime minister will do whatever he can to maintain the best possible relationship with whoever is in the White House.
Donald Trump could be considered the most Israel-friendly president in U.S. history, with only Harry Truman as a possible rival. But now that Biden is in office, U.S.-Israel relations are expected to return to what they were in the days of Barack Hussein Obama.
"At this point, I don't think that Biden is going to be as bad as Obama was as far as with his relation with Israel," says David Rubin, former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh and author of "Trump and the Jews." "But he might not be that much better, and we are concerned at this point."
Biden has already announced that his administration will reengage with the much-maligned U.N. Human Rights Council that former President Donald Trump withdrew from almost three years ago. The decision reverses another Trump-era move away from multilateral organizations and agreements.
Rubin adds, though, that Netanyahu is a pragmatist.
"He will do whatever he has to do; he will try to maintain the best possible relationship with whoever is in the White House," Rubin believes. "That's always been his position, and that will always be his position as long as he is prime minister. And Israel will continue to try to work with whoever is in the White House, despite the fact that Trump was like a honeymoon. Trump was just an amazing president for Israel-United States relations."
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reported on Tuesday that Biden's first call with a leader in the Middle East region will be to Netanyahu. "It will be soon," she stated during a press conference. "I don't have an exact day for you, but it is soon."
She confirmed Israel remains an ally with whom America has an "important strategic security relationship – and our team is fully engaged" in constant conversations at many levels with the Israelis.