The two world leaders spoke on Wednesday for approximately an hour, reportedly covering a series of topics, including COVID-19, Iran, the Palestinians, and more; It took nearly a month for the new US administration to get on the phone with its closest ally in the Middle East.
On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden connected on a long-awaited telephone call for the first time since Biden’s inauguration in January. Netanyahu could be seen in an image smiling while speaking to the President for nearly an hour from his desk.
Initial reports suggest that the call went well, and the two leaders discussed multiple important subjects such as COVID-19, Iran, the Palestinians, and more. The Prime Minister’s Office said, “The two leaders noted their personal ties of many years and said they will work together to continue bolstering the strong alliance between Israel and the US.”
The call undoubtedly came as a relief after a month of silence and anticipation as so many political unknowns remain on the horizon, especially because it’s no mystery that the Trump administration was unwavering in its support for the Jewish State. The world is now watching to see what approach the Biden team will take. However, the speculation is that a pro-Palestinian agenda is likely to present itself eventually, much like that of the Obama era.
Biden’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, failed to answer last week when asked if Israel is still considered an important ally. Earlier this week, she said that “Israel is, of course, an ally. Israel is a country where we have an important strategic security relationship.”