A delegation from the Republican side of the U.S. Senate, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in Jerusalem (R-Ky.).
Ron Dermer, the minister of strategic affairs, and U.S. Thomas Nides, the ambassador to Israel, also attended the conference.
McConnell was referred to as a “genuine friend” of Israel by Netanyahu, who also praised him and said that he and his colleagues were among the Jewish state’s most ardent supporters.
According to a statement from the prime minister’s office, the premier met with visiting members of Congress on Wednesday in Jerusalem, first with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark. ), then with a “bipartisan Congressional delegation,” and finally with a Democratic Congressional delegation.
Netanyahu thanked his visitors for supporting Israel and “emphasized the importance of the bipartisan connections between Israel and the U.S.”
According to Netanyahu’s office, the US and Israeli leaders spoke on “regional events, particularly Iran and its proxies in the Middle East, as well as the significant contribution of the Abraham Accords to regional stability and opportunities for their growth.”
Cotton expressed his satisfaction with his meeting with Netanyahu in a tweet.
We talked about the economic and security ties that the United States has with one of its most significant allies, Israel, he wrote.
The senator also shared images of himself at the Western Wall, where he stated it was an honor to pray and visit.
Netanyahu and the U.S. met separately on Tuesday. Senators. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) praised America as Jerusalem’s “best friend” and emphasized the value of the bilateral relationship.
Despite any differences between Jerusalem and Washington, Netanyahu reminded the congressmen that such gatherings showed the strength of continued bipartisan ties with Israel.