White House: Biden looks forward to visiting Israel this year

Biden reiterated his “unwavering support” for Israel’s security and his “full support” for the renewal of the Iron Dome air defense system.

The White House said the two men also discussed concerns that Russia was preparing for a possible invasion of Ukraine.

“The President thanked the Prime Minister for inviting him to visit Israel, and said he looked forward” to the visit “later this year,” the statement said.

US President Bennett was received at the White House last year, as the two men tried to put aside their differences and forge a united front.

Israel strongly opposes Biden’s attempt to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which former President Donald Trump withdrew from.

Bennett had previously confirmed that he would continue building settlements and would oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state on the lands occupied by Israel in 1967.

On Sunday, the White House said Biden spoke with Bennett to “reaffirm the warm and historic partnership between the United States and Israel.”

The two men discussed security in the Middle East, “including the threat posed by Iran and its proxies.”

Biden reiterated his commitment to stability in the region, “with Israelis and Palestinians enjoying equal measures of security, freedom, and prosperity.”

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