Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog
Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac HerzogYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday for a routine meeting, which took place several days before the President's trip to Washington.

The two discussed the current issues on the agenda, chief among them the Iranian nuclear threat and Iran's activities to destabilize the region.

At the meeting, Netanyahu emphasized to Herzog two red lines vis-à-vis the US: Israel will not agree to the US returning to the dangerous nuclear agreement with Iran and will act by all means to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, nor will Israel agree to a "no surprises" policy in relation to Iran.

Herzog will fly to the United States next week after being invited by US President Joe Biden and is expected to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

The trip comes amid tensions between the US and Israel, following Thomas Friedman's column in the New York Times in which he claimed that the US is "reassessing" its relationship with Israel.

A White House official made clear on Wednesday evening that there is no talk within the Biden Administration about a possible "reevaluation" of the United States' relations with Israel.

Earlier, a senior Israeli diplomatic source stated that Israel had no knowledge of any such reassessment of US policy towards Israel.

President Herzog commented on the US-Israel relationship on Wednesday and said, "Our enemies should be in no doubt, we are perfectly entitled to our internal, even difficult, debates. It is an essential part of vibrant and healthy democracies. But we are stronger than ever. Those who try us will find us determined, united, and strong. The alliance between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and irreplaceable. Just like Israeli democracy - which is also unbreakable and irreplaceable. It has always been and will always be."