US President Biden accepts Bennett’s invitation to visit Israel | Political news

Although the two governments confirmed the agreed visit, they did not give a date for the visit of the American president.

US President Joe Biden will visit Israel following an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

While the two governments confirmed on Sunday that Biden had accepted the invitation to visit Israel in the coming months, neither side gave a date for the planned trip.

Bennett visited Biden in Washington in August 2021.

The two leaders spoke on Sunday, when Israel’s prime minister briefed Biden on efforts “to end violence and incitement in Jerusalem,” Bennett’s office said in a statement.

Over 300 Palestinians have been arrested and more than 200 injured since Israeli forces launched incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – Islam’s third holiest site – in occupied East Jerusalem from 15 april.

Israeli authorities said they entered the compound to facilitate incursions by far-right Jews into the holy site. The 14 hectares (35 acres) are home to the al-Qibli Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

On Friday, at least 57 Palestinians were injured by Israeli police inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

US officials said they had engaged with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab representatives in the region amid rising tensions.

The “Iranian threat” mentioned

The White House said in its statement that Biden “took note of ongoing efforts between Israeli and Palestinian officials to ease tensions and ensure a peaceful conclusion to the holy season of Ramadan.”

The American president also affirmed “his unwavering support for Israel and its defense needs”, and the two leaders had spoken of “the threat posed by Iran and its proxies”, added the White House.

An Israeli government statement said Bennett and Biden discussed, in particular, Tehran’s request for the removal of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the US “terrorism” list.

“I am confident that President Biden … will not allow the Revolutionary Guards to withdraw,” Bennett said in the statement.

Israel has also opposed US efforts to revive the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it does not include sufficient safeguards to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon. Then-US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018, causing it to crumble.

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