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The Biden Administration and Israel

August 19, 2021

The Biden Administration’s Actions and Statements on Israel Since January 20, 2021.

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.