Biden congratulates Israel’s incoming PM Naftali Bennett, vows support for ‘Israelis, Palestinians’

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President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated Israel’s incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett after Israel’s parliament voted to approve a new government, effectively ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12 years in office.

The “United States remains unwavering in its support for Israel’s security,” Biden said in a statement addressed to Bennett and other members of his incoming cabinet. “My administration is fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to advance security, stability, and peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and people throughout the broader region.” Bennett tweeted his thanks to President Biden, writing: “I look forward to working with you to strengthen the ties between our two nations.”

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In a similarly worded statement, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken said the United States remains “unwavering in our commitment to Israel’s security.”

“We look forward to strengthening all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership and working together for a more secure and prosperous future.”

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