Biden congratulates Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Sunday congratulated the new Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett just hours after Benjamin Netanyahu was unseated.

“On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” President Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.”

President Biden said Israel has no better friend than the United States, explaining that “the bond that unites our people is evidence of our shared values and decades of close cooperation and as we continue to strengthen our partnership, the United States remains unwavering in its support for Israel’s security.”

“My administration is fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to advance security, stability, and peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and people throughout the broader region,” the president added.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also welcomed the development.

“The United States warmly welcomes the announcement of a new government of the State of Israel. We look forward to working closely with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and the new Israeli cabinet,” he said in a statement. “The United States will continue to work with Israel to advance the cause of peace, and we remain unwavering in our commitment to Israel’s security. We look forward to strengthening all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership and working together for a more secure and prosperous future.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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