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U.S. President Joe Biden will seek to salvage relations with Saudi Arabia and boost Israel’s beleaguered government in a Middle East trip that risks political embarrassment unless near-record U.S. gasoline prices swiftly come back to earth.

In Saudi Arabia, Biden will restore relations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, a leader he decried as a “pariah” after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in hopes of securing a boost in oil production that might help ease pump prices battering his approval ratings at home.

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