On Sunday, United States President Joe Biden talked with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on a phone call and accepted his invitation to visit Israel in the coming months. According to the White House, both leaders discussed international and regional shared security challenges, including threats from Iran and its proxies.
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The statement said that the U.S. president took note of current efforts between Palestinian and Israeli officials to lessen tensions and ensure a peaceful conclusion to the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan. Since Israeli forces launched invasions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, they arrested over three hundred Palestinian nationals and wounded over two hundred innocent people.
On the other hand, Israeli officials said they entered the compound to facilitate violence by far-right Jews against the third Islamic holy site. Moreover, the thirty-five-acre compound houses the Dome of the Rock and al-Qibli Mosque. On Friday, Israeli police injured at least fifty-seven Palestinians within the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. United States officials said they engaged with Arab and Palestinian representatives amid the intensifying tensions.
Both Leaders Discussed Iran Threat
The White House stated that President Biden affirmed his firm support for Israel and its defense needs. Both leaders also discussed the demands of Iran for the removal of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from a United States terrorism list. Bennett stated that he is confident that Biden will not allow the removal of the Revolutionary Guards from the terrorist list.
Israel also opposed the Biden government’s efforts to revive the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran. Bennett argued that it doesn’t include enough safeguards to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Former Republican President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear pact in 2018, causing it to undo. There was no mention of the Ukraine issue in the White House readout.
Last month, Bennett traveled to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin and talked with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to serve as an intermediate nation. But critics called Biden’s efforts ineffective.