Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opens his remarks in the Oval Office by offering his “condolences and deep sadness” on behalf of the Israeli people to the US over yesterday’s attack in Kabul.
He says the US soldiers killed were there to save lives and that this is the “very definition of courage and sacrifice. May they rest in peace.”
Especially on this day, he says, he wants to stress that Israel “always stands together with the United State of America unequivocally.”
Bennett goes on to thank Biden for his personal support of Israel, noting that “that’s not new.”
“You’ve always stood up for us, especially in tough times,” Bennett says. “That’s when friendship is really tested.”
He highlights Biden’s support for Israel during the May Gaza war.
“We trust in your support, Mr. President, and Israel knows that we have no better or more reliable ally in the world than the United States of America.”