Biden in Jerusalem

I think we can all assume why Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia recently. In fact, we just did a show on why the world can’t quit Saudi oil.

But it’s interesting to pull apart the other part of his journey — to Israel and, very briefly, the Palestinian Authority.

Joining us to do just that is independent journalist Noga Tarnopolsky. She’s written for everyone from the New York Times to the LA Times, as well as many other international outlets.

So, why visit Israel and why now? Was he just in the neighborhood?

Why is Israel still so important to the U.S.?

One stop on Biden’s visit was the Israeli Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem. There he did something that seems to have melted hardened Israeli hearts. What was the significance of the way he spoke to two of the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust.

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