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Biden captures Israeli hearts

On the strategic level, the visit of US President Joe Biden to Israel generated mixed results, but on the level of image and intimacy, Biden captured the hearts of Israeli citizens.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog, US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid at the opening of the Maccabiah Games, Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, July 14, 2022.

US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel could not have come at a better time for Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid. Just two weeks after taking office, Biden’s visit was tailormade to present Lapid as the stuff of which prime ministers are made, embraced by the leader of the world's largest superpower, less than four months before he faces opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu at the polls. What's more, Lapid did not have to ask. The visit landed in his lap, a combination of geopolitical and political circumstances.

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