Biden and Netanyahu Finally Talk, but No Details Are Revealed About What
Israeli President Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an hour-long phone conversation on Wednesday, after which Mr. Biden took office and at the time of a clear disagreement over the new administration’s attempt to re-enter the nuclear deal with Iran.
The two countries released an official account of the call that described it in vague terms and provided no details of the conversation, most notably on Iran. The White House statement simply stated that “leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on regional security issues, including Iran.”
This statement was notable because Israeli officials still often expressed displeasure that President Barack Obama kept him in the dark about Iran’s initial approaches to the run-up to the negotiations, which ultimately resulted. 2015 agreement.
The two negotiators handling that secret diplomacy were Jake Sullivan, now Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, and William J. Burns, his Named for CIA Director. Mr. Netanyahu actively lobbied against the agreement in Congress and President Donald J. Urged Trump to leave it, Which he did in 2018.
Mr Biden told reporters that the call with Mr Netanyahu was a “good conversation”, but did not provide any details. Israeli officials were concerned that this had happened so late, and it was only when Mr. Biden spoke with leaders of other allies, but also with opponents such as China’s President Xi Jinping. US officials said the delay was of no importance, but officials were clearly trying to compromise on the Iran negotiation strategy before overturning Mr Netanyahu.
The Prime Minister’s Office described the conversation in personal terms, saying in a statement that “the two leaders noted their personal relationships over many years and said they would work together to continue a strong alliance between Israel and the US”
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The White House description, by contrast, noted the strength of the coalition, but said nothing about the relationship between Mr Biden and Mr Netanyahu, part of an effort by the new administration to impersonate the dialogue between the two countries.
The White House statement said, “The President reaffirmed his personal history of a firm commitment to Israel’s security and expressed his intention to strengthen all aspects of the US-Israeli partnership.” It reaffirmed Mr. Biden’s decision to build on the regional, Abraham Agreement Agreement reached with Israel UAE and Bahrain – Two major Arab allies of the United States – At the end of the Trump administration.
Interaction with both leaders was Mr. Biden’s secretary Antony J. Talks to Britain, Germany and France were to take place this week before Blinken, the European countries who participated in the Iran talks. But administration officials do not appear to be in a hurry to connect directly with the Iranians or feel compelled by the timeframe being established in Tehran.
The Iranian government told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday that starting Tehran next week would not be bound by “additional protocols”, an agreement with UN inspectors that allows the investigation of undeclared nuclear facilities. Permitting those deep, spot inspections was an important requirement in the Iran nuclear deal.
In an interview on NPR on Tuesday, Mr. Blinken clarified that even though the United States was able to enter into the deal again, it would be the first step in a comprehensive, long-lasting agreement, not just one. Replication that the Obama administration agreed about six years ago
“Time has passed,” Mr. Blinken said. “And so if we are coming back to the agreement, if Iran complies and we do the same, then we need to work on an agreement that is longer and stronger than the original.”