From Israel to the occupied West Bank and Saudi Arabia, Joe Biden’s first visit to the Middle East comes at a critical time for the US president, whose approval rating is at less than 40 percent in the run-up to mid-term elections.
The Ukraine war has set off a global energy crisis, and Biden wants the kingdom to pump more oil, to bring down prices for Americans feeling the pinch at the pump.
Relations between the traditional allies reached a historic low after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Biden aims to reset these ties.
Other issues include security and relations with Israel.