MembersANALYSIS: How Bennett Tried to Change Israel’s Relationship With the US

Israel’s new prime minister Naftali Bennett met for the first time with U.S. President Joe Biden

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: Naftali Bennett, Biden
Bennet Biden
Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett traveled to the United States last week to meet US President Joe Biden in Washington DC, the first meeting since both leaders took office.

Bennett had two goals in mind with the meeting: cooperation with the Americans regarding possible (military) action against Iran and to improve relations between the Israeli government and the new Democratic government in the US.

 

Damaged Israel-Democratic Party Relations

Those relations had been damaged for quite some time after former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a number of public spats with ex-President Barack Obama, also a Democrat.

Netanyahu and Obama strongly disagreed on the Palestinian issue and on tackling Iran’s bellicose activities concerning its nuclear program as well as the Islamic Republic’s imperialist behavior.

A severe crisis later erupted between Netanyahu and Obama after the Israeli prime minister held a fiery speech in the US Congress about...

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