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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again today by phone about the situation in Gaza. The President underscored the United States’ strong condemnation of Hamas’ rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. The President also reiterated the United States’ serious and growing concern about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Building on Secretary Kerry’s efforts, the President made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The President reaffirmed the United States’ support for Egypt’s initiative, as well as regional and international coordination to end hostilities. The President underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israel’s security, protecting civilians, alleviating Gaza’s humanitarian crisis, and enacting a sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority. The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.


Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional partners on this issue and discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts. The President noted that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children. He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection.

The President shared his grave concern about the intercommunal violence across Israel. He welcomed the statements by the Prime Minister and other leaders opposing such hateful acts and encouraged continued steps to hold violent extremists accountable and to establish calm. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. The President voiced his concern about violent confrontations in the West Bank. He expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve and affirmed his support for a two-state solution. The leaders agreed to continue the close consultation between their teams and to remain in touch in the days ahead.


Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional partners on this issue and discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts. The President noted that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children. He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection.

The President shared his grave concern about the intercommunal violence across Israel. He welcomed the statements by the Prime Minister and other leaders opposing such hateful acts and encouraged continued steps to hold violent extremists accountable and to establish calm. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. The President voiced his concern about violent confrontations in the West Bank. He expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve and affirmed his support for a two-state solution. The leaders agreed to continue the close consultation between their teams and to remain in touch in the days ahead.


Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Biden spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He conveyed his unwavering support for Israel's security and for Israel's legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians. He also conveyed the United States' encouragement of a pathway toward restoring a sustainable calm. He shared his conviction that Jerusalem, a city of such importance to people of faith from around the world, must be a place of peace. He updated the Prime Minister on the United States' diplomatic engagement with regional countries, including Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar, as well as with Palestinian officials.

The two leaders agreed to maintain the close consultation between their teams, which has included consistent engagement by their respective foreign ministers, defense ministers, chiefs of defense, and national security advisors, and to stay in touch personally in the days ahead.


Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Obama called Prime Minister Netanyahu today from Air Force One to discuss the political framework reached between the P5+1, the EU, and Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The President emphasized that, while nothing is agreed until everything is, the framework represents significant progress towards a lasting, comprehensive solution that cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb and verifiably ensures the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program going forward. He underscored that progress on the nuclear issue in no way diminishes our concerns with respect to Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism and threats towards Israel and emphasized that the United States remains steadfast in our commitment to the security of Israel. The President told the Prime Minister that he has directed his national security team to increase consultations with the new Israeli government about how we can further strengthen our long-term security cooperation with Israel and remain vigilant in countering Iran’s threats.


Update: Biden Calls Israel’s Netanyahu – 27 Days After Taking Office

(Update: President Biden spoke by phone to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. A White House readout said, “The President affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, including our strong defense cooperation. Together, the leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on regional security issues, including Iran. The President emphasized U.S. support for the recent normalization of relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world. He underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians. Together, they affirmed their shared interest in continued strategic cooperation to confront the many challenges facing the region.”)

(CNSNews.com) – The fact that President Joe Biden has still not spoken since his inauguration to Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to raise eyebrows, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that he would be the first leader in the Middle East to receive such a call, and “soon.”

While Biden has yet to speak to the leader of the U.S.’s firmest ally in the region – and one of the closest anywhere – he has had calls with the leaders of two deeply antagonistic regimes – Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 26, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on February 10.

Netanyahu, whose relationship with President Trump was a warm one, is known to be wary of Biden’s plans to re-engage Iran, and his offer to re-enter the Obama-era nuclear deal if Tehran returns to compliance.

After playing down the issue in recent weeks, Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House briefing that Biden’s “first call with a leader in the region will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

“It will be soon,” she said. “I don’t have an exact day for you, but it is soon. Stay tuned.”

Psaki described Israel as “an ally” and “a country where we have an important strategic security relationship.”

“And our team is fully engaged – not at the head-of-state yet – level quite yet, but very soon,” she said. “But our team is fully engaged, having constant conversations at many levels with the Israelis.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan have spoken to their Israeli counterparts, Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz, and Meir Ben-Shabbat respectively.

But the absence of a call from Biden is making waves. (The two did speak during the transition period, on November 17.)

Last week Israeli ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon in a pointed tweet listed world leaders Biden has spoken to since his inauguration, and asked, “Might it now be time to call the leader of #Israel, the closest ally of the #US?” He included the phone number for Netanyahu’s office.

Asked about the issue the following day, Psaki said Biden “looks forward to speaking with” Netanyahu – “obviously somebody that he has a longstanding relationship with.”

On Friday, she was asked again, and told by a reporter that “there’s a narrative in Israel that this is an intentional diss.”

“It is not an intentional diss,” Psaki replied. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is someone the president has known for some time. Obviously, we have a long and important relationship with Israel, and the president has known him and has been working on a range of issues that there's a mutual commitment to for some time. It is just a reflection of the fact that we have been here for three and a half weeks, he’s not called every single global leader yet, and he is eager to do that in the weeks ahead.”

“But he has called every other major ally in Europe and in Asia,” the reporter suggested.

“He’s called many of them, that is true,” Psaki conceded. “Some would argue they haven't received calls yet, and they are still eager to receive them. But I can assure you he will be speaking with the prime minister soon, and he's looking forward to doing that.”

Also on Friday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) joined those who have raised concern about the issue, saying, “President Biden’s failure to call Prime Minister Netanyahu is unacceptable and sends a deeply troubling message on the priorities of the United States under his administration.”

“Israel is an important partner in trade and we have no greater ally than Israel in our efforts to ensure peace in the Middle East, and around the world,” Scott said. “It is unbelievable that President Biden would call Communist China’s General Secretary Xi, a dictator and adversary, before connecting with our ally, Israel. The call should happen today.”

Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 12 at the weekend that while he and Biden have differences over Iran and approaches to the Palestinian issue, “we also have many things we agree on and the alliance is very strong.” He voiced confidence that Biden would call.

Still, the length of time taken does appear to be a departure from the norm.

President Trump spoke to Netanyahu one day after his inauguration, and President Clinton spoke to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin within three days of Clinton taking office.

Presidents George W. Bush and Obama were both inaugurated in the final three weeks of Israeli election campaigns, but Bush phoned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on February 6, the day the Israeli won the election, and Obama called Netanyahu on April 1, the day after the prime minister was sworn in.

Israelis go to the polls again next month – for the fourth time in two years – but election day falls two months and two days after Biden took office.


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The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional partners on this issue and discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts. The President noted that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children. He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection.

The President shared his grave concern about the intercommunal violence across Israel. He welcomed the statements by the Prime Minister and other leaders opposing such hateful acts and encouraged continued steps to hold violent extremists accountable and to establish calm. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. The President voiced his concern about violent confrontations in the West Bank. He expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve and affirmed his support for a two-state solution. The leaders agreed to continue the close consultation between their teams and to remain in touch in the days ahead.


Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

The President spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The President reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel. The President updated the Prime Minister on high-level U.S. engagement with regional partners on this issue and discussed ongoing diplomatic efforts. The President noted that this current period of conflict has tragically claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children. He raised concerns about the safety and security of journalists and reinforced the need to ensure their protection.

The President shared his grave concern about the intercommunal violence across Israel. He welcomed the statements by the Prime Minister and other leaders opposing such hateful acts and encouraged continued steps to hold violent extremists accountable and to establish calm. They discussed the current tensions in Jerusalem and expressed their shared desire for Jerusalem to be a place of peaceful coexistence for people of all faiths and backgrounds. The President voiced his concern about violent confrontations in the West Bank. He expressed his support for steps to enable the Palestinian people to enjoy the dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunity that they deserve and affirmed his support for a two-state solution. The leaders agreed to continue the close consultation between their teams and to remain in touch in the days ahead.


Update: Biden Calls Israel’s Netanyahu – 27 Days After Taking Office

(Update: President Biden spoke by phone to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. A White House readout said, “The President affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, including our strong defense cooperation. Together, the leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on regional security issues, including Iran. The President emphasized U.S. support for the recent normalization of relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world. He underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians. Together, they affirmed their shared interest in continued strategic cooperation to confront the many challenges facing the region.”)

(CNSNews.com) – The fact that President Joe Biden has still not spoken since his inauguration to Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues to raise eyebrows, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that he would be the first leader in the Middle East to receive such a call, and “soon.”

While Biden has yet to speak to the leader of the U.S.’s firmest ally in the region – and one of the closest anywhere – he has had calls with the leaders of two deeply antagonistic regimes – Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 26, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on February 10.

Netanyahu, whose relationship with President Trump was a warm one, is known to be wary of Biden’s plans to re-engage Iran, and his offer to re-enter the Obama-era nuclear deal if Tehran returns to compliance.

After playing down the issue in recent weeks, Psaki said at Tuesday’s White House briefing that Biden’s “first call with a leader in the region will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

“It will be soon,” she said. “I don’t have an exact day for you, but it is soon. Stay tuned.”

Psaki described Israel as “an ally” and “a country where we have an important strategic security relationship.”

“And our team is fully engaged – not at the head-of-state yet – level quite yet, but very soon,” she said. “But our team is fully engaged, having constant conversations at many levels with the Israelis.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan have spoken to their Israeli counterparts, Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz, and Meir Ben-Shabbat respectively.

But the absence of a call from Biden is making waves. (The two did speak during the transition period, on November 17.)

Last week Israeli ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon in a pointed tweet listed world leaders Biden has spoken to since his inauguration, and asked, “Might it now be time to call the leader of #Israel, the closest ally of the #US?” He included the phone number for Netanyahu’s office.

Asked about the issue the following day, Psaki said Biden “looks forward to speaking with” Netanyahu – “obviously somebody that he has a longstanding relationship with.”

On Friday, she was asked again, and told by a reporter that “there’s a narrative in Israel that this is an intentional diss.”

“It is not an intentional diss,” Psaki replied. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is someone the president has known for some time. Obviously, we have a long and important relationship with Israel, and the president has known him and has been working on a range of issues that there's a mutual commitment to for some time. It is just a reflection of the fact that we have been here for three and a half weeks, he’s not called every single global leader yet, and he is eager to do that in the weeks ahead.”

“But he has called every other major ally in Europe and in Asia,” the reporter suggested.

“He’s called many of them, that is true,” Psaki conceded. “Some would argue they haven't received calls yet, and they are still eager to receive them. But I can assure you he will be speaking with the prime minister soon, and he's looking forward to doing that.”

Also on Friday, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) joined those who have raised concern about the issue, saying, “President Biden’s failure to call Prime Minister Netanyahu is unacceptable and sends a deeply troubling message on the priorities of the United States under his administration.”

“Israel is an important partner in trade and we have no greater ally than Israel in our efforts to ensure peace in the Middle East, and around the world,” Scott said. “It is unbelievable that President Biden would call Communist China’s General Secretary Xi, a dictator and adversary, before connecting with our ally, Israel. The call should happen today.”

Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 12 at the weekend that while he and Biden have differences over Iran and approaches to the Palestinian issue, “we also have many things we agree on and the alliance is very strong.” He voiced confidence that Biden would call.

Still, the length of time taken does appear to be a departure from the norm.

President Trump spoke to Netanyahu one day after his inauguration, and President Clinton spoke to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin within three days of Clinton taking office.

Presidents George W. Bush and Obama were both inaugurated in the final three weeks of Israeli election campaigns, but Bush phoned Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on February 6, the day the Israeli won the election, and Obama called Netanyahu on April 1, the day after the prime minister was sworn in.

Israelis go to the polls again next month – for the fourth time in two years – but election day falls two months and two days after Biden took office.


Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel

President Biden spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians. He also conveyed the United States’ encouragement of a pathway toward restoring a sustainable calm. He shared his conviction that Jerusalem, a city of such importance to people of faith from around the world, must be a place of peace. He updated the Prime Minister on the United States’ diplomatic engagement with regional countries, including Egypt, Jordan, and Qatar, as well as with Palestinian officials.

The two leaders agreed to maintain the close consultation between their teams, which has included consistent engagement by their respective foreign ministers, defense ministers, chiefs of defense, and national security advisors, and to stay in touch personally in the days ahead.


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