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Biden calls Bennett to congratulate him on forming government

US President Joe Biden has called Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to congratulate him on forming an Israeli government.

The phone call comes around two hours after the government is sworn in.

Bennett thanks Biden for his support for Israel and its security.

“Prime Minister Bennett noted his appreciation for the president, and for his support for Israel during the recent operation in Gaza (Guardian of the Walls), and noted that he considers him a great friend of the State of Israel,” a statement from Bennett’s office says.

“In their conversation, the leaders emphasized the importance of the alliance between Israel and the United States, as well as their commitment to strengthening ties between the two countries, and maintaining the security of the State of Israel.”

The White House readout, however, also mentions Iran and the US intention to advance peace with the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks to US President Joe Biden on June 13, 2021. (Courtesy / Ariel Zandberg)

“President Biden highlighted his decades of steadfast support for the US-Israel relationship and his unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. He expressed his firm intent to deepen cooperation between the United States and Israel on the many challenges and opportunities facing the region. The leaders agreed that they and their teams would consult closely on all matters related to regional security, including Iran,” it says.

“The president also conveyed that his administration intends to work closely with the Israeli government on efforts to advance peace, security, and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.”

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