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Biden Israel Visit Still on Despite Political Tumult, US Ambassador Says

June 23, 2022

by: JNS via Israel Hayom

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US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 | US President Joe Biden still plans to visit Israel in July despite the collapse on Monday evening of the country’s coalition government, according to US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides. Biden will be hosted by caretaker prime minister Yair Lapid.

President Biden is scheduled to arrive in Israel on July 13, on what is to be the first leg of a three-day Middle East tour that will include visits to the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia.

Lapid, who currently serves as foreign minister, will be taking over for current Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who met President Biden at the White House in August of last year.

The US National Security Council spokesperson also confirmed President Biden’s trip was still on, saying that “we have a strategic relationship with Israel that goes beyond any one government. The president looks forward to the visit next month.”

Lapid last week said that the president would be visiting Israel “no matter what.”

“The president’s relationship with Israel is way more important, significant and long-lasting than any political event,” said Lapid. “The United States is our greatest ally and the most important partnership and friendship we have.”

This is a version of an article that first appeared in Israel Hayom.

Posted on June 23, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate via Israel Hayom on June 21, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See the JNS article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon/GPO/JNS.org

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