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The Biden Administration and Israel

August 19, 2021

December 22, 2021: U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Israeli National Security Advisor Dr. Eyal Hulata met in Jerusalem as part of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Consultative Group. They discussed the current state of U.S.-Israel relations under the Biden administration and the road forward.

December 21, 2021: U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan travels to Israel and the West Bank on behalf of the Biden administration to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

October 12, 2021: Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yaid Lapid came to Washington and met with Speaker Pelosi and Vice President Harris. Lapid thanked the Speaker and VP for their support of the the additional funding for the Iron Dome and the Speaker reiterated the strong bipartisan support for Israel in Congress.

September 23, 2021: House Democrats led passage of a bill providing $1 billion in funds for Israel to replenish the Iron Dome missile defense system. 95% of House Democrats supported the bill after Republicans refused to support the funding as a part of a Continuing Resolution, forcing a standalone vote.

September 21, 2021: While addressing the United Nations, President Biden reaffirmed his commitment to Israel’s security, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and not allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. “The commitment of the United States to Israel’s security is without question. And a support — our support for an independent, Jewish state is unequivocal.”

August 27, 2021: President Biden met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Washington, D.C. The President conveyed his ironclad support for Israel’s security and right to self-defense, expanding Israel’s normalization in the Middle East, and the President underscored his administration’s full support for replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

August 25, 2021: Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Washington, D.C. Ahead of the PM’s Meeting with President Biden the following day. Secretary Blinken emphasized the strong relationship the Biden administration wishes to continue to maintain with the new Israeli government, and the two discussed the security issues surrounding Iran.

July 22, 2021: President Biden sends the nomination of Thomas R. Nides, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Israel to the Senate. Mr. Nides previously served as the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources in the Obama administration.

June 28, 2021: President Biden has an in-person meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel as he prepares to end his term as President. The President emphasized the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel and the deep ties between our governments and our people ahead of the meeting.

June 13, 2021: President Biden has a call with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel, congratulating him on the formation of a new government. The President made it clear to Prime Minister Bennett that his administration will continue to be a strong ally of Israel and work towards achieving peace in the region.

June 13, 2021: President Biden issues a statement on the new Israeli government. In it, the President congratulates Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and the newly formed cabinet on their achievements.

June 13, 2021: Vice President Harris extends her congratulations to the newly formed Israeli government.

June 2, 2021: President Biden issues a statement on the election of Isaac Herzog as the 11th President of the State of Israel. In it, he asserts his confidence in President-elect Herzog’s qualifications and thanks outgoing President Rivlin for his service.

June 3, 2021: Vice President Harris issues a statement on the election of Isaac Herzog as the 11th President of the State of Israel. In it, she asserts his confidence in President-elect Herzog’s qualifications.

June 3, 2021: Vice President Harris thanks outgoing President Rivlin for his service.

May 24, 2021: President Biden announces that Secretary of State Blinken will be traveling to Israel to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leadership in the aftermath of a month of violence. The President explains that the Secretary will focus on Israel’s security and providing assistance to those in need in Gaza.

May 20, 2021: President Biden delivers remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian violence. He is glad to see the ceasefire and praises the protection brought to Israeli civilians–Jewish and Arab–by the Iron Dome. He thanks all parties that were involved in the diplomatic process.

May 20, 2021: President Biden announces that a ceasefire has been reached between Israel and Hamas. He expresses his condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones in the violence and reasserts his focus on centering diplomatic solutions to the conflict.

May 19, 2021: President Biden has a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on the ongoing security situation in Israel and Gaza. He focused on the need to forge a path to a ceasefire.

May 17, 2021: President Biden has a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on the ongoing security situation in Israel and Gaza. He stressed the importance of Israel maintaining the right to defend itself, while arguing that the Israeli government must do everything in its power to protect the lives of innocent civilians in Gaza.

May 15, 2021: President Biden has a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on the ongoing security situation in Israel and Gaza. He focused on the issue of intercommunal violence, conveying the importance of holding violent extremists accountable for their actions. He reasserted his strong support for a two-state solution.

May 15, 2021: President Biden has a call with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to convey the U.S.’s commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Palestinian partnership and discussing the ongoing security situation in the region.

May 12, 2021: President Biden has a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on the ongoing security situation in Israel and Gaza. He argued in favor of reaching a diplomatic solution between the Israeli government and Hamas, while denouncing the senseless violence and attacks on innocent civilians being perpetrated by Hamas.

April 30, 2021: President Biden issues a statement on the Mount Meron Tragedy in Israel.

April 30, 2021: Vice President Harris issues a statement on the Mount Meron Tragedy in Israel.

April 15, 2021: Vice President Harris celebrates Israel’s 73rd Birthday.

March 4, 2021: Vice President Harris has a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on the US-Israel Relationship under the Biden-Harris Administration. They discussed a broad set of issues, including Israel’s increased relations with Arab nations.

February 17, 2021: President Biden has a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on the US-Israel Relationship under the Biden-Harris Administration. He asserts that their teams have been working closely together on a variety of security related issues.