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US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House, Washington, Aug. 27, 2021.

How did last week’s effort to turn US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett into BFFs turn out? Are the 78-year-old American president and 49-year-old Israeli premier now bros? Was their first White House meeting Aug. 27 the start of the proverbial beautiful friendship? Will the chemistry between them pave the way for an intimate, trusting relationship totally contrary to relations between the Democrats and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu?

The president, for his part, delivered the goods. He described Bennett to reporters as his friend. According to Israeli press, Biden told Bennett not to hesitate and call him if he needs anything. The two also found matters of mutual interest to talk about, which were not on their formal agenda.

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