The U.S. and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday in Jerusalem.
The highest-ranking Biden administration official to travel to Israel since the November 1 Knesset election was National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
The two leaders talked about Iran’s nuclear program and how to expand the Abraham Accords, which were mediated by the Trump administration and improved ties between the Jewish state and four Arab nations.
The goal of improving ties with Saudi Arabia was prioritized.
“You should know that we see you as a trusted partner in areas of our shared security and course, furthering peace,” Netanyahu told Sullivan.
“I’ve known President [Joe] Biden for 40 years as a great friend of Israel, and I know how much he trusts you in national security matters.
“You here today at a crucial time as we face severe threats to our security and significant chances for peace. In my opinion, we can meet the problems and seize the opportunities by cooperating.
According to Netanyahu, the region and history could change as a result, which would strengthen our extraordinary alliance.
The vice president pledged to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, and the prime minister thanked him for that.
He continued by saying that the most recent actions taken by the Palestinians on the global stage amounted to an attack on Israel and required retaliation.
A resolution urging the International Court of Justice to “give an advisory opinion” on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement, and annexation of Palestinian territory quickly” was endorsed by the U.N. General Assembly late last month at the request of the Palestinian Authority.
The Israeli Security Cabinet resolved to withhold tax and tariff revenue collected on behalf of and sent to the P.A. in an amount equal to that which Ramallah pays to terrorists and other actions in reaction to the P.A.’s continued “political and legal assault” against the Jewish state.
Tzachi Hanegbi, the national security adviser for Israel, met with Sullivan earlier on Thursday, and they decided to talk further about Iran.
The two met virtually with Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, their counterparts.
They discussed concrete actions to enhance their shared interests in the area and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the Abraham Accords.
Sullivan also met with David Barnea, the director of Mossad.