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Lapid says a key goal as FM is revamping Israel’s ties with Democratic Party

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

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid says “reinvigorating Israel’s relationship with Democrats is one of his central objectives” in his new position, according to a readout from a call he held with the Democratic Majority for Israel.

Lapid “emphasized his enthusiasm for working closely with the Biden administration and conveyed his deep appreciation for the warm reception the new Israeli government received from the administration, as well as for its unwavering commitment to Israel’s security,” the DMFI readout reads.

The new foreign minister also “indicated that Israel will continue to find ways to benefit all the people of the region and narrow the conflict with the Palestinians.”

DMFI is an organization that seeks to strengthen support for Israel in the Democratic Party. It is led by Mark Mellman, who has served as Lapid’s senior strategist since the Yesh Atid chairman entered politics.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunand/Pool/AFP)

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