Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. welcomed President Isaac Herzog of Israel to the White House.
The two discussed the enduring strength of the U.S.-Israel partnership, ways to further deepen cooperation between the two countries, and the United States’ unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security. They consulted on a wide range of global and regional issues of mutual concern, including the threats posed by Iran and its proxies. The President emphasized his Administration’s pledge to ensure Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon.
They celebrated the forthcoming conclusion of an agreement resolving the maritime boundary dispute between Israel and Lebanon, mediated by the United States. The President praised Israel’s statecraft and courage, and noted that the agreement will set the stage for a more stable and prosperous region, and harness vital new energy resources for the world.
President Biden underscored his commitment to advance peace and stability in the Middle East, and highlighted U.S. support for Israel’s further regional integration into the Arab world, including through the Negev Forum process. He also welcomed Israel’s restoration of an ambassador as part of improved diplomatic relations with Turkiye. Additionally, Biden condemned the persistent scourge of anti-Semitism, including anti-Israel bias in international fora. In that regard, the President reaffirmed the United States’ strong opposition to the open-ended and biased nature of the UN Commission of Inquiry established in May 2021, which continues a longstanding pattern of unfairly singling out Israel and does nothing to establish conditions for peace.
The President emphasized the importance of taking steps to deescalate the security situation in the West Bank. President Biden underscored that a negotiated two-state solution remains the best avenue to achieve a lasting peace, and underlined the need to take continued steps to improve the lives of Palestinians, which are critical to peace, security and prosperity. They discussed the importance of promoting coexistence and weakening extremists who promote hatred and violence.