Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Lapid of the State of Israel After Bilateral Meeting
Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
11:56 A.M. IDT
PRIME MINISTER LAPID: I don’t think we’re going to tell them what we talked about.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: We talked American baseball.
PRIME MINISTER LAPID: That is correct. We had a very long conversation about baseball, which I know nothing about. (Laughter.) And we didn’t mention Iran or Saudi Arabia or all those issues.
PRESIDENT BIDEN: (Inaudible.)
Folks, I want to thank — I want to thank the Prime Minister. We had a good and beginning of what’s going to be a long — God willing — relationship, a candid conversation about both the problems and the opportunities both our countries face, particularly in the Middle East.
And we talked about how important it was — I talked about how important it was, from my perspective, for Israel to be totally integrated into the region and completely integrated into the region.
And we — we are — I guarantee you our administration –and I think the vast majority of the American public, not just my administration — is completely devoted to Israel’s security without any ifs, ands, or buts — without any doubts about it.
And we also talked about the fact that we have a full day ahead of us, including a virtual summit with the — with India and the UAE. The four of us are going to have a discussion after this meeting is over.
And — and that’s — we talked about a lot of things but mainly related to developing a personal friendship and the long-lasting commitment to both our countries, to one another.
PRIME MINISTER LAPID: It is great, Mr. President. Of course, we’ve discussed your — we also talked shop about Saudi Arabia and your trip there, which is extremely important to Israel, trying to build an even more moderate coalition here in the Middle East — long needed.
And we discussed the Iranian threat and what we think is the right thing to do in order to make sure, which is something we share, there will be no nuclear Iran. This is not only a threat on Israel but to the world, to the globe.
And we discussed some other issues we’re going to keep to ourselves.
PRESIDEN BIDEN: Yes. (Laughter.)
12:00 P.M. IDT