Blinken reassures his Israeli counterpart on the “importance” of bilateral ti

Blinken reassures his Israeli counterpart on the “importance” of bilateral ti

| Friday 31 March 2023


The head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken and his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen reaffirmed on Thursday March 30 the "importance " of the ties between the United States and Israel, after a rare public dispute between the two allies, indicated the department of State. On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to abandon his controversial justice reform plan. " They can't continue on this path ," he said.

“ Israel is a sovereign country whose decisions come from the will of its people and are not based on pressure from abroad, even when it comes from the best of its friends,” Benjamin Netanyahu immediately reacted . During a telephone conversation, Eli Cohen and Antony Blinken “ reaffirmed the importance of the enduring bilateral relationship between the United States and Israel ,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said in a statement.

Antony Blinken also reaffirmed American support for a Palestinian state, a possibility rejected by most members of the Netanyahu government, the most marked on the right in the history of Israel. The US Secretary of State " stressed the importance of refraining from unilateral actions that escalate tensions ", Vedant Patel reported. Joe Biden, who has known Benjamin Netanyahu for decades, hoped when he came to power in 2021 to avoid the public quarrels with the Israeli leader that had marked the presidency of Barack Obama , of which he was vice-president.

The State Department, however, issued a strong condemnation after the Israeli parliament voted to cancel a US-backed rule against some settlements in the West Bank, and criticized one of Benjamin Netanyahu's ministers for remarks denying the existence of the Palestinian people.

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