PM Bennett flies to Washington to meet President Biden

August 25, 2021 by J-Wire
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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett left on his first diplomatic visit to Washington yesterday.

Naftali Bennett departs for Washington Photo: Avi Ohayon (GPO)

Bennett is flying at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.

The head of Israel’s National Security Council, the Cabinet Secretary, the head of the Prime Minister’s staff, the Prime Minister’s Military Secretary, his diplomatic adviser and other senior officials are travelling with the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Bennett spoke to the media before his plane took off.

Photo by Avi Ohaion

Calling President Biden, an old and true friend of the State of Israel, Bennett said that on Wednesday, he will also meet senior American administration officials including the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense.

“There is a new administration in the US and a new government in Israel, and I am bringing with me from Jerusalem a new spirit of cooperation, which rests on the special and long-standing connection between the two countries,” said the Prime Minister.

“We will deal with many fronts, especially the Iranian front, and especially the jump in the Iranian nuclear program over the past two or three years. In particular, we will discuss the plan to block this program,” he added.

Bennet said that they will also deal with ways to strengthen the Israeli military superiority. And that they will talk about high-tech, economic issues, innovation, the climate crisis “that disturbs us all” and the fight against the Coronavirus.

On the war on Covid-19, Bennett said, “I intend to share with President Biden the knowledge and insights we have accumulated in the campaign here – in the State of Israel – regarding the third dose of the vaccine, which I am pleased has already crossed the threshold of 1.5 million people who have been inoculated. It seems to me as I board the plane that I am leaving behind me an Israel with the first signs of hope for stabilization in the fight against the Delta strain.”

“I have no doubt that the new spirit of cooperation is yielding – and will continue to yield – major achievements for the State of Israel and its security,” added the Prime Minister.

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