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Lapid, Blinken discuss Biden’s upcoming Mideast trip in first call amid political turmoil

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

After meeting for the Negev Summit, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken place stones as a sign of respect on the grave of David Ben Gurion, while visiting David Ben Gurion National Park, March 28, 2022, in Sde Boker, southern Israel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
After meeting for the Negev Summit, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken place stones as a sign of respect on the grave of David Ben Gurion, while visiting David Ben Gurion National Park, March 28, 2022, in Sde Boker, southern Israel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid just got off the phone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in what was their first call since Israeli politics took a nosedive toward another election, in a maneuver that will allow the Yesh Atid leader to become interim prime minister as early as next week.

Lapid’s office says the two spoke about US President Joe Biden’s July 13 trip to Israel, which will see Lapid host him as premier, rather than Naftali Bennett, due to the change in guard.

“The visit is an opportunity to emphasize the President’s deep personal connection to Israel, to America’s commitment to Israel’s security, and to strengthening Israel in the region,” Lapid tweets. “The visit has significant implications for the region and for the struggle against Iran, and great potential to significantly upgrade regional stability and security.”

Lapid says he also updated Blinken on his upcoming trip to Turkey “and on the joint activity with the Turkish government against terrorism.”

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