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Biden-Bennett talks covered Iran, Palestinian economy, evictions

President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett went beyond Iran to ways to support Palestinian economy.
US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House on Aug. 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Statements by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett before and after his Aug. 27 meeting with US President Joe Biden outlined the two main messages conveyed to the American administration: First, the Bennett government brings to Washington a fresh new spirit of dialogue and cooperation. The Israeli government is coming with a “new spirit of goodwill … of hope, a spirit of decency and honesty, a spirit of unity and bipartisanship,” he noted. Biden was evidently receptive to this message, saying, “It’s great that the prime minister is here. We have become close friends."

The second message concerned the Iranian issue. Israel’s government is keen to establish an intimate dialogue with Biden’s administration over the Iran talks so as to could impact the outcome. Biden has pledged that Iran won’t develop a nuclear weapon. Israel is hoping for more.

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