President Biden on Wednesday spoke by cellphone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — nearly one month after he took workplace.
Biden and Netanyahu reportedly spoke for about an hour and Israel’s authorities launched a picture of a smiling prime minister taking the decision.
Biden informed reporters within the Oval Workplace that it was a “good dialog,” however he didn’t elaborate.
A White Home readout says Biden “affirmed his private historical past of steadfast dedication to Israel’s safety and conveyed his intent to strengthen all facets of the U.S.-Israel partnership, together with our sturdy protection cooperation.”
The White Home mentioned the leaders “mentioned the significance of continued shut session on regional safety points, together with Iran.”
Biden “emphasised U.S. assist for the latest normalization of relations between Israel and international locations within the Arab and Muslim world” and “underscored the significance of working to advance peace all through the area, together with between Israelis and Palestinians,” in line with the readout.
An Israeli launch posted to Twitter mentioned in Hebrew: “The dialog was very pleasant and heat and lasted about an hour. The 2 leaders famous their long-standing private connection and mentioned they might work collectively to additional strengthen the sturdy alliance between Israel and america.”
At latest press briefings, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly fended off questions about why Biden hadn’t but reached out to the shut US ally.
Some more and more influential members of the Democratic Occasion argue for a extra pro-Palestinian stance, notably together with the leftist “Squad” of Home members.
Earlier than phoning Netanyahu, Biden spoke with the leaders of Canada, France, the UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia and India.