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Biden and Netanyahu talk Iran, U.S.-Israel alliance

2021-02-18 08:54:03       source:Politico

Febuary 17, 2021

The White House said the president stressed support “for the recent normalization of relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”

President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Wednesday for the first time since taking office, speaking about Iran and strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, according to both the Israeli and White House readouts of the call.

The Israeli readout made no specific mention of a Palestinian state or a potential two-state solution. Netanyahu has long downplayed the chance of a Palestinian state coming to fruition. The White House readout, however, said Biden “underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians.” But the president did not specifically mention a two-state solution.

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