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US official: Israeli political turmoil will not impact relations with Washington

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

In the first reaction to Israel’s coalition crisis by a Biden administration official, US Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert says that the political turmoil will not impact Washington’s relations with the Jewish state.

Speaking during a White House pre-Passover briefing with Jewish community leaders, Lempert acknowledges that it’s too early to draw major conclusions but that the US is ‘watching closely.'”

“No matter the shape of the Israeli coalition and government, the US-Israeli relationship is going to be strong and enduring; that is what is meant when we say ‘ironclad,'” she says. “We look forward to continuing it whatever the coalition is in Israel.”

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