President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone for the first time on Wednesday, putting an end to speculation about a possible chill in US-Israeli relations.
However, observers rightly point out that Netanyahu was not one of the first foreign leaders to be called by the new US president, despite the special close relationship between Israel and the United States.
The interlocutors emphasized the close connection between the countries during the telephone conversation, which Biden described in an interview with reporters as a “good conversation.”
The White House said that during the conversation, Joe Biden supported a number of agreements concluded by his predecessor Donald Trump on the normalization of relations between Israel and Muslim countries in the Middle East.
President Biden “has confirmed that he has always had a personal stake in Israel’s security and expressed his intention to strengthen all aspects of the US-Israeli partnership, including our close defense cooperation,” the White House said in a statement.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s press office said the conversation, which lasted about an hour, was “very warm and friendly.”
“The two leaders celebrated their long-standing personal ties” and agreed to strengthen the alliance between the two countries, the statement said. The Israeli Prime Minister and the US President also “discussed the future advancement of peace agreements, the Iranian threat and regional challenges, agreeing to continue the dialogue.”