Biden meets with Israeli prime minister after lethal Kabul bombing
President Biden sat down with the newly put in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Friday, roughly 24 hours after the lethal suicide bombing in Kabul.
The president and the prime minister’s assembly, initially scheduled for Thursday, was postponed within the wake of the assault.
In a quick media availability kicking off the closed-door encounter, each Biden and Bennett began by acknowledging the “courageous sacrifice” by the 13 U.S. service members killed within the Kabul bombing.
BIDEN’S MEETING WITH ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER TO KEEP SPOTLIGHT ON AFGHANISTAN, TERRORIST THREATS TO ALLIES
Biden stated that his coronary heart goes out to all those that had been misplaced, however that it’s nonetheless a “worthy mission.” The president additionally said that he met together with his commanders Friday morning to get an in depth briefing on the assault, pledging “we’ll full the mission.”
Bennett – who lately ousted former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – maintained the steadfast relationship between America and Israel, saying the Center Jap nation stands “unequivocally” with the U.S.
Moreover, Biden pledged that the U.S. would replenish Israel’s Iron Dome protection system as Iran pursues changing into a nuclear energy.
In accordance with the leaders, Iran will likely be a essential focus of the assembly Friday, particularly on methods to forestall the Islamic Republic from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
Biden stated that Iran won’t ever acquire a nuclear weapon and that the U.S. and Israel will attempt diplomacy with the Iranian authorities, however are open to taking a look at “different choices” ought to diplomacy fail.
The president additionally stated that a lot of the credit score for present state of American-Israeli relations lies on the shoulders of former President Obama.
Nonetheless, within the days for the reason that White Home introduced the go to, Biden’s overseas coverage credibility with allies and adversaries has taken a deep dive because of the botched withdrawal of U.S.-led NATO troops from Afghanistan and the fast Taliban takeover of the nation.
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Former nationwide safety consultants are saying that Biden’s assembly with Bennett will likely be a real check for the way forward for the shut alliance between the nations, together with how they may collectively fight aggressive nations towards Israel within the area and the rise of terrorism.
Fox Information’ Kelly Laco contributed reporting.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox Information Digital. You could find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.