Soon after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin congratulated the victor. In a video message, Netanyahu also urged him to build on the series of peace deals the Trump administration brokered between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors.
“President Biden, you and I have had a warm personal friendship going back many decades,” Netanyahu said in the English-language video statement issued moments after Biden took the oath of office. “I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the US-Israel alliance, to continue expanding peace between Israel and the Arab world, and to confront common challenges — chief among them the threat posed by Iran.”
The Prime Minister also urged the new president to work with Israel to confront “the threat posed by Iran.” This came in context with the fact that Biden has said he intends to reenter the 2015 Iran deal, which Netanyahu bitterly opposed and successfully lobbied president Donald Trump to abandon.
Meanwhile, in his congratulatory message, President Rivlin said that the US has no better friend than Israel and that the ties between the two countries go beyond political parties and are based on shared values. “Our region is changing quickly. Many of the changes are positive. The recent peace deals between Israel and our neighbors brought new hope with them and I expect to work with you to help build further bridges in the region, including with our Palestinian neighbors,” Rivlin said.
Soon after his message for Biden, Netanyahu’s office tweeted a final goodbye to President Trump, thanking him for the colossal good that he did for Israel over the past few years, making him a really strong ally of the country. The tweet read, “President Trump, thank you for all the great things you have done for Israel, especially your historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and bringing four peace agreements between Israel and the Arab world.”
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Benny Gantz in his video message said, “This is a special moment for America, and for the entire world. There are so many challenges that face us all: containing Iranian regional aggression and nuclear aspirations, fighting terror groups and destabilizing forces, expanding normalization, and reaching a resolution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. I look forward to working with the Biden administration, and with my friends at the Pentagon, in taking on these challenges together.”