US News Biden on the phone with Netanyahu

05:42  18 february  2021
05:42  18 february  2021 Source:   dw.com

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In his first foreign policy speech as US President, Joe Biden did not even mention Israel. Now they did talk to each other and are full of praise.

Joe Biden im Oval Office im Weißen Haus © Evan Vucci / AP Photo / picture alliance Joe Biden in the Oval Office in the White House

US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since he took office almost four weeks ago. The conversation was "very warm and friendly" and lasted about an hour, said an advisor to Netanyahu. Both politicians have agreed to work together "to further strengthen the unshakable alliance between Israel and the US." It was about the further development of peace agreements, the threat from Iran and other regional challenges as well as the corona pandemic, it said.

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Biden later told White House journalists that he had a "good conversation" with Netanyahu. Much had previously been speculated about the future relationship between the two after the US president failed to mention Israel in his first foreign policy speech since taking office.

Premier Netanjahu am 8. Februar im Bezirksgericht, wo er auf seine Anhörung im Korruptionsprozess wartete © Reuven Castro / AP / dpa / picture alliance Prime Minister Netanyahu on February 8th in the district court, where he was waiting for his hearing in the corruption process

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The phone call was made for comparison late and only after the new president had also spoken to his colleagues in Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.

The former Democratic US President Barack Obama had already turned on the Middle East conflict on his first full day at work in 2009 and spoke to then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Biden's predecessor Donald Trump contacted Prime Minister Netanyahu two days after he was sworn in, who was considered one of his closest allies and who visited him in the White House just a few weeks after he took office.

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Biden is much more critical of Israeli settlement policy than Trump. Many Israelis fear that Biden might press for concessions to the Palestinians. They are also concerned that the new American president, unlike his predecessor, might pursue a kind of appeasement policy towards the arch enemy Iran.

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