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Bennett to US envoy: The reality here is different from what you hear at the UN

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Jerusalem on November 15, 2021. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield in Jerusalem on November 15, 2021. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield during her first visit to Israel.

In public remarks ahead of their closed-door meeting, the premier expresses hope that, during her trip, the US envoy will see that “there’s such a stark contrast between the reality on the ground here and what one might hear in the corridors of the United Nations.”

Bennett says he also hopes Thomas-Greenfield will gain a “better picture of the unique challenges that we’re facing here, you know, with Iranian backed terror groups across our borders.”

He then thanks the ambassador for her support for Israel at the UN.

Thomas-Greenfield thanks Bennett for the hospitality and relays that “President Biden shares Prime Minister Bennett’s commitment to a ‘new spirit of cooperation’ as we address the full range of regional and global challenges together.”

The UN envoy says she looks forward to discussing advancing the Abraham Accords along with measures to support Israel-Palestinian peace building.

“We believe Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, prosperity, security, and dignity. This is important in its own right and as a means to advance prospects for a two-state solution,” Thomas-Greenfield says, repeating what likely is the most commonly used Biden administration talking point on the issue.

Thomas-Greenfield also met with President Isaac Herzog, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli at the Knesset earlier today in addition to paying a visit to Yad Vashem.

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