With the Aug. 31 deadline looming for the United States to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan, many are worried that the Taliban takeover of the country will cause wider geopolitical ripples – such as a nuclear Iran.
“Joe Biden does not understand radical Islam. He got blindsided by the Taliban. Tehran is next – and that’s what we all fear,” ALL ISRAEL NEWS Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg said during a Fox News political panel.
Rosenberg told host Shannon Bream that the U.S. president’s botched and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan shows weakness, which has regional ramifications and affects how Israel relates to its ally.
“This is a big challenge for our new Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett,” Rosenberg noted. “He wants to have a spirit of cooperation. He wants to reset relations between Biden and Israel, which were strained under (former prime minister Benjamin) Netanyahu, even though Netanyahu did a great strategic job for Israel overall.”
Nevertheless, in his meeting with Biden at the White House on Friday, Bennett managed to strike a bipartisan tone in his interaction with the U.S. president.
“The problem that Bennett sees is this, Shannon: If Joe Biden can’t handle the Taliban, how is he going to stop Tehran from building nuclear weapons? If we show such weakness against the Taliban, that is not boding well for our larger strategic interests, not Israel, not the United States. And this is one of the main points I make in ‘Enemies and Allies’ – to misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it. Joe Biden does not understand radical Islam. He got blindsided by the Taliban. Tehran is next. And that’s what we all fear.”
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Rosenberg’s nonfiction book, “Enemies and Allies: An Unforgettable Journey inside the Fast-Moving & Immensely Turbulent Modern Middle East,” is due to be released on Sept.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.