It is only one month into his term in office, and US President Joe Biden is already facing criticism from Arabs over his administration's soft policy toward Iran.
The Arabs say they are worried because Iran sees Biden as a "weak" president, and that is why the mullahs in Tehran and their proxies in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon have increased their terrorist attacks in the Middle East.
"In Tehran's eyes, Biden is a pushover," wrote Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, former editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper Ashraq Al-Awsat.
"It has only been eight weeks since President Joe Biden was sworn into office, but Iran has already tested him on several fronts. First, thousands of the Iran-backed Houthi militia rushed to threaten the densely populated city of Marib in Yemen. Afterwards, Iranian militias targeted Basra and Baghdad, and more recently, Erbil and Iraqi Kurdistan, with dozens of missiles, killing and wounding several individuals in a US facility. Then Lokman Slim, Iran's most prominent and vocal opponent in Beirut, was murdered and his body was found on the sidewalk."
Slim, a prominent Lebanese publisher who criticized Hezbollah, was found earlier this month shot dead in a car in southern Lebanon.
Al-Rashed pointed out that Iran "does not deny responsibility for all these events that were organized by its affiliated militias in Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon."
According to Al-Rashed, all these attacks were "a test of Biden's administration, and so far, we did not see anything from Washington except for verbal condemnation. This is an expected start on both sides; Iranian provocations and American silence."
If the Biden administration wants Iran to return to the negotiating table and discuss the nuclear deal and the war in Yemen, the Saudi columnist advised, "then President Biden needs to flex his muscles."
Another Saudi columnist, Hella Al-Mashouh, also criticized the Biden administration's soft approach toward Iran. She specifically criticized the Biden administration's recent decision to revoke designation of Yemen's Houthi militia as a terrorist group. The decision reversed actions taken by the former US administration of President Donald Trump regarding the Iran-backed militia.
Commenting on the decision, Al-Mashouh wrote:
"Today, we are facing an imminent Iranian threat and a lenient American administration policy toward this danger. We will face this Iranian threat over the next four years. The question that arises here: Who benefits from this Iranian terrorism and tampering with the region? Syria is devastated, and Hezbollah is dominating Lebanon, which is collapsing economically, politically and socially. Iraq is being flooded with weapons and militias of Iranian terrorism. The Houthis and Al Qaeda are tampering with a disintegrated and ravaged Yemen. So what next? Who will deal with the head of the snake?"
Sayed Zahra, deputy editor of the Gulf newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej, predicted that Iran and its proxies would step up their terror attacks in the Middle East in the next few years.