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With tensions escalating in the Middle East, President Biden’s “foreign policy for the middle class” is being put to the test. United States Studies Centre (USSC) Research Associate Victoria Cooper and Senior Research Fellow Jared Mondschein provided analysis of Biden’s evolving approach to foreign policy in light of developments in Israel in an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald this week. You can read an extract below. Since that was written, President Biden pushed for a ceasefire in calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But this was more a nudge than a demand. Members of the UN Security Council have also revealed that the United States vetoed resolutions to call for a ceasefire twice in the past week. With growing pressure from progressive Democrats to take a firmer stance, the Biden administration’s priority to 'Build Back Better' at home will be put to the test.