President Joe Biden’s Administration has turned on Israel and is now no longer supporting a proposed EastMed natural-gas pipeline that would run from Israel to Europe. The pipeline agreement was signed in 2016, making this an interesting turn of events for the Biden Administration.
In comparison, Nord Stream II began in 2017 when “Nord Stream 2 AG signed the financing agreements for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project with ENGIE, OMV, Royal Dutch Shell, Uniper, and Wintershall.”
Yet, Biden waived sanctions on Nord Stream 2 while backing out of support of Israel’s pipeline. It makes no sense.
Biden focuses on renewable energy, but the European Union just added natural gas and nuclear power into their green energy definitions. The pipeline from Israel to Europe is natural gas, making it green energy by the EU standards.
Then there’s the issue of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The executive order Biden signed stopped the project dead in its path. Biden’s Administration also didn’t appeal to a court to keep the Willow Project from moving forward. It seems that Russia is the only one who can push on in energy production. It makes you think this is a step to appease Russia when tensions between Russia and Ukraine are amping up.
After shutting down Keystone XL, Biden begged OPEC to up their fuel output which Biden said would help ease the economic burden on the fuel industry. Biden could have just continued US oil production at the levels when former President Donald Trump was in office.
The big question is if Biden can’t bring himself to judge things equally or in a way that penalizes our enemies byways of economic deprivation, why is Biden allowed to make these decisions in the first place? Israel is the strongest middle eastern ally of the US, and penalizing them while they’re trying to expand their economic abilities isn’t a good move and is unfair on the playing field of foreign policy.
Biden’s inability to allow allies opportunities comes at the detriment of economic and military relations, such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan. It’s becoming more evident that he is interested in catering to our enemies than supporting our allies.
According to Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Biden’s early withdrawal was “a significant and far-reaching error by the current Administration.”
“We need to think again about how we handle friends, who matter, and how we defend our interests,” said Tom Tugendhat, Conservative chair of the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
Biden’s priorities are way out of calibration, and if he doesn’t fix them, this will be a very long presidency.