Israeli leader meets with Biden
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with President Joe Biden comes in the midst of heightened tensions with its regional archenemy, Iran, and as Israel grapples with a gradual resurgence of hostilities on its southern border with the Gaza Strip.
Bennett, in his first state visit overseas since taking office, met separately Wednesday with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
At the start of his meeting with Blinken, Bennett said he planned to speak with Biden and administration officials primarily about “how do we fend off and curtail Iran’s … race to a nuclear weapon.”
The US and Israel were also expected to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and economic matter