The delay by a day means Bennett, an Orthodox Jew, will remain in Washington until Saturday evening after the Sabbath ends, his office said.
In warm remarks, Biden hailed Bennett’s coalition as the “most diverse government in Israeli history,” and said the US was committed to ensuring Iran never develops a nuclear weapon.
“We’re putting diplomacy first. If diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options,” 그는 말했다, without elaborating.
He spoke in only broad terms about other issues in the region, saying he planned to discuss “ways for increased peace and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians.”
“The US will always be there for Israel. It’s an unshakable partnership between our two nations,” 바이든이 말했다.
Biden’s meeting with Bennett was arranged quickly after the Israeli leader formed a government earlier this summer, depriving Netanyahu of another term in office.
The enthusiasm in Washington for new Israeli leadership was palpable
: 바이든 telephoned Bennett less than two hours after he was sworn in
, and US officials immediately began work toward setting up a meeting
Bennett arrived in Washington vowing to reset his country’s ties to the United States
. Animosity lingered from the ice-cold relationship between Netanyahu and former President Barack Obama
, whose pursuit of diplomacy with Iran led to tense disagreements
Some White House officials believed Netanyahu would resume his adversarial stance with Biden
. The view was cemented when Israel began curtailing intelligence sharing this spring
, 에 따르면 뉴욕 타임즈
With Bennett now in power, Biden aides believe a reset is at hand. 이미, CIA Director William Burns has traveled to Israel, a signal the intelligence relationship is being restored. While in Washington, Bennett was also meeting with the secretaries of state and defense.
When he met Biden
, it was their first ever encounter
— one of the rare foreign leaders Biden has never met over the course of his long career in politics
(he first met Netanyahu
, 예를 들면, in the 1980s
궁극적으로, the difference in approach is as much
— perhaps more
— in style than substance
: 베넷, the right-wing leader of a diverse coalition government
, has very different views than Biden of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the best approach toward Iran
. But he’s said he’ll adopt a less combative tone
Like Netanyahu, he is opposed to restarting the Iran nuclear deal, which Biden has sought to re-enter through talks in Vienna. That diplomacy has proceeded in fits and starts, 하나, and US administration officials have made clear Tehran’s nuclear program is advancing quickly.
“Iran’s nuclear program has just dramatically broken out of the box, and it’s accelerating from week to week. This is a very serious problem, and the two leaders, 나는 생각한다, will have the opportunity to sit together and discuss what to do about it,” one US official told reporters ahead of the visit.
“우리, 물론이야, committed to a diplomatic path,” the official went on. “We think that is the best way to put a ceiling on the program and roll back the gains that Iran has made over recent years on the nuclear side. But obviously, if that doesn’t work, there are other avenues to pursue.”
The White House hasn’t elaborated on what those “other avenues” might entail.
바이든, who has said he wants to refocus American foreign policy away from decades-old conflicts toward modern-day threats like Russia and China, has not prioritized Middle East peace. He and his aides say they believe the conditions are not right for direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
When a conflict erupted between Israel and militants in Gaza this spring
, Biden was reluctantly brought into the decades-old issue and helped broker a ceasefire
. Major breakthroughs are not expected on that front during the Friday meeting
, and Bennett does not support a two-state solution resulting in an independent Palestinian state that Biden has backed for years