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Netanyahu, Rivlin congratulate Biden on becoming US president

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets with then US vice president Joe Biden at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on March 9, 2016. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets with then US vice president Joe Biden at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on March 9, 2016. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin release statements congratulating Joe Biden after he is inaugurated as the 46th US president.

The two also congratulate Kamala Harris on becoming vice president.

“President Biden, you and I have had a warm personal friendship going back many decades. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the US-Israel alliance, to continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world and to confront common challenges, chief among them the threat posed by Iran,” says Netanyahu, a top ally of outgoing president Donald Trump.

Rivlin says the US has no better friend than Israel and says ties between the country go beyond political parties and are based on shared values.

“Our region is changing quickly. Many of the changes are positive. The recent peace deals between Israel and our neighbors brought new hope with them and I expect to work with you to help build further bridges in the region, including with our Palestinian neighbors,” Rivlin says in a message addressed to Biden.

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