Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met on Wednesday in Washington, DC, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Israel has no stronger more reliable ally than the United States of America. From our inception and to this day, you are always with us, you have our back and that matters a lot to us. I can ensure you you'll find no friend which is more reliable or appreciative than us," said Bennett.
“I bring from Israel a new spirit,” he continued. “A spirit of folks who sometimes harbor different opinions but work together in cooperation, in good will, in a spirit of unity, and we work hard to find common things that we do agree upon and move forward on it. And it seems to be working, and this is the same spirit that I want to bring to our relationship.”
Bennett noted that he would be speaking to the Secretary of State about curtailing Iran’s nuclear weapons race, regional stability and climate change “which is an issue for all of us, and I think that Israel has a unique role, through its high tech industry and technology to move the needle, and I’m looking forward to having a very good relationship with you.”
Blinken told Bennett, “President Biden is looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. I think as you know, he has known and worked with every Israeli Prime Minister going back to Golda Meir, but he’s especially looking forward to seeing you, his new partner.”
“That partnership really is founded on the proposition that our two countries, working together, have a very important, very powerful common agenda and our commitment to that partnership, to Israel’s security, will always be unshakable.”
“We look forward to addressing all these challenges that we face, particularly regional security and the deep concerns that we share about Iran and the role that it’s playing in the region, including its nuclear program, but also, on a more positive note, the relationship that Israel is developing with other countries in the region, as well as dealing with other challenges, including the relationship with the Palestinians, which is very important for all of us,” said the Secretary of State.