'Good conversation': Biden finally phones Netanyahu — a month into presidency

'Good conversation': Biden finally phones Netanyahu — a month into presidency


President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken for the first time since Biden’s inauguration, almost a month into his term.

Biden confirmed the call at the start of an Oval Office meeting on Wednesday with labor leaders, describing it as a “good conversation.” The White House later outlined that Biden had affirmed the United States’s “steadfast commitment to Israel’s security” and the U.S.-Israel partnership’s “strong defense cooperation.”

“The president emphasized U.S. support for the recent normalization of relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world,” the White House said in a statement. “He underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians.”

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Netanyahu’s office labeled the hourlong conversation as “very friendly and warm.”

“U.S. President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the future advancement of the peace accords, the Iranian threat and regional challenges, and agreed to continue their dialogue,” a Netanyahu aide wrote

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