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Speaking with Bennett, Biden says he’ll visit Israel in next few months

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

US President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House, August 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden meets Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House, August 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden will make his first visit to Israel as US president in the coming months, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office says in a readout on the phone call the two leaders had a short while ago.

It was the second phone call the pair have had in less than a month.

Bennett used the opportunity to update Biden on Israel’s efforts “to stop the violence and incitement in Jerusalem,” his office says.

The two also discussed the Iranian nuclear threat, with the Israeli premier reiterating Jerusalem’s stance against the US heeding the Iranian demand at the Vienna negotiations to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from a terror blacklist.

“I am sure that President Biden, who is a true friend of Israel and cares about its security will not remove the Revolutionary Guards from the [State Department’s] list of [Foreign] Terrorist Organizations,” Bennett told Biden, per the Israeli readout.

Bennett also wished the president a happy Easter.

A White House readout on the call was not immediately available.

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