Biden administration changes title of Israeli ambassador, then quickly changes it back

by Peter Heck · Jan 20th, 2021 8:08 pm

Last Updated Jan 22nd, 2021 at 5:57 am

President Joe Biden's social media team raised eyebrows Wednesday afternoon when it temporarily changed the Twitter title for the United States ambassador to Israel to read, "U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza," before changing it back shortly thereafter.

The addition of "West Bank and Gaza" is significant because by separating those regions from Israel, it would seem to indicate the Biden administration is considering a major policy shift towards the Jewish state that would revert back to a limited recognition of Israeli sovereignty.

While President Trump's administration recognized Israel's rightful ownership over both the West Bank and Gaza, the previous administration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden did not.

President Trump thoroughly cultivated and bolstered the alliance between the U.S. and Israel during his term. In 2018, Trump officially moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. A year later, he publicly acknowledged the Golan Heights as territory belonging to Israel. And throughout 2020, Trump's team negotiated multiple peace treaties between Israel and many of its previously hostile neighbors.

The Biden administration has not yet offered specifics about its diplomatic intent with the Jewish nation.


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