Biden calls out Bennett, world leaders praise new Israeli government

World leaders congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennet and Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid on forming a new government after being sworn in on Sunday evening. US President Joe Biden congratulated Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a phone call on Sunday evening and expressed his wish to further strengthen ties between the two countries. During the call, Bennett thanked Biden for his congratulatory message and for his long-standing commitment to Israel and its security. Bennett also thanked Biden for his support during Operation Guardian of the Walls, the most recent escalation between Israel and allied terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip, and that he views him as an ally. The two leaders stressed the importance of the alliance between Israel and the United States, as well as their commitment to strengthen ties between the two countries and to maintain the security of the State of Israel.
On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Yair Lapid and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the importance of maintaining a ceasefire in Gaza, according to US State Department spokesman Ned Price. They also discussed the importance of promoting normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries as well as the Iranian issue. This follows their conversation after the Knesset voted to endorse the government on Sunday night in which Lapid and Blinken the two top diplomats spoke about the “special” relationship between the United States and Israel. Lapid thanked Blinken for the call, and towards the end, Blinken invited his Israeli counterpart to Washington.
“On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement released moments after the swearing-in. of the new government. “Israel has no better friend than the United States,” he continued. “The bond that unites our people is proof of our shared values ​​and decades of close cooperation.” The United States “remains steadfast in supporting Israel’s security,” Biden said, saying the US government is committed to working with the new Israeli government. He concluded: “My administration is fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to advance security, stability and peace for Israelis, Palestinians and people across the region. “” Thank you, Mr. President! Bennett said in response to Biden’s comment. “I look forward to working with you to strengthen the ties between our two countries. US Vice President Kamal Harris tweeted Monday: “We look forward to working closely with the new Israeli government to strengthen the strong ties between our two countries. and advance security and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

The UN envoy for peace in the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, also took to Twitter to congratulate the new government.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid on the formation of a new Israeli government. I look forward to working with the government to advance the ultimate goal of lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau joined him with his own message of congratulations to Bennett and Lapid. To say that Canada “remains firm in its commitment to a two-state solution”. Trudeau also thanked former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his important partnership over the years. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated the new Prime Minister by tweeting: “On behalf of the United Kingdom, I offer my congratulations to Naftali Bennett and Lapid on forming a new government in Israel. As we emerge from COVID-19, it is an exciting time for the UK and Israel to continue working together to advance peace and prosperity for all. “

Just like the British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab. “…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Bennett, saying she wanted to strengthen the friendship between the two countries and that she hopes to work closely with him. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas congratulated the new government on Twitter on Sunday evening.

“Congratulations to the new government of #IsraelFlag of Israel and to Yair Lapid, with whom I am delighted to work. Mazel tov! Germany will always be by Israel’s side. And thank you, Gabi Ashkenazi, for your outstanding service and friendship . “

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also praised Bennett and Lapid in a tweet, saying he was looking forward to working with the two of them. “Austria is committed to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and will continue to stand with Israel,” Kurz said.Zachary Keyser and the staff of the Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.

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