The True Way President Biden’s Age Could Be A Problem

Isaac Newton Farris Jr
8 min readOct 25, 2023

There is no justification for or no equivocation to, the violent atrocities Hamas has inflicted on innocent Israeli citizens in the latest round of the 70-plus-year-old Israel-Palestine conflict. President Joe Biden has appropriately given Israel an American guarantee of support and survival, but unfortunately, Biden’s age could be a problem for both America and Israel.

The Israel-Palestine conflict has existed for the entire 49 years of President Biden’s political career, his initial response to the worst attack on Jewish people since the Holocaust reflected both the advantage of his age and the possible limitations of his age. Our closest and best ally in the Middle East is, and always should be, Israel because it’s the only true democracy located there. There is no other country in the Middle East whose moral and philosophical values resemble America’s more than Israel’s, this fact alone makes it a cultural and national security necessity to continue America’s 73-year commitment to the preservation of Israeli society.

Biden’s age and political longevity give him the advantage of understanding the importance of America maintaining a democratic state, in a part of the world dominated by religious autocracies. In this respect Biden’s age reflects the past and current American Middle East policy that Israel has the right to defend itself, unfortunately, Biden’s age may prevent him from embracing what the future American Middle East policy must be to secure the peace and survival of Israel.

President Biden’s initial response to Hamas’s attack on Israel was to issue the same response he has repeated for his entire 49-year political career when Israeli violence erupts, “Israel has the right to defend itself, “ appropriately demonstrating America’s iron-clad commitment to Israel’s survival, so the problem is not what Biden said but what he did not say. Biden’s same response in 2023 to a conflict that he has witnessed since 1972, raises the question of whether or not President Biden’s age will allow him to embrace what’s required now to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Isaac Newton Farris Jr

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center.