The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, and Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, have decided to work together to advance cooperation between the two countries. The two recently conversed in a phone call and agreed to join hands and ensure technological development and research, with regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris offered her congratulations to Netanyahu on the success of the coronavirus vaccination campaign being run in the State of Israel. She also stated that the Biden administration is against the decision of the International Criminal Court to investigate the country for alleged war crimes committed.
Netanyahu, in response to Harris, asserted that Israel and the US will continue to work together in order to strengthen security cooperation and intelligence. He went on to add that he is fully committed to ensuring that Iran is unable to develop nuclear weapons, which will consequently be used to destroy Israel.
Moreover, Netanyahu and Harris agreed that it is imperative that the two countries work in close cooperation with each other, especially on matters related to regional security, such as the nuclear program begun by Iran. This was revealed by the Office of the Vice President.
Harris assured the Prime Minister of the commitment of the administration towards the relationship between the two countries. She also laid emphasis on the US’s commitment to the security of Israel in the process.
Furthermore, the Vice President expressed her support for the recent normalization of deals and agreements made with Muslim countries. An example of such an agreement could be the Abraham Accords. She went on to stress the importance of advancing security, peace, and prosperity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.
Back when she was a senator, Harris and Biden fully agreed on their views of Israel. She was also known as a strong supporter, who had ties to the AIPAC, the largest pro-Israel lobby in the country. Democrats, on the other hand, did not believe in the idea of giving aid to Israel in order to influence its policies.
During her run for the vice presidency, Harris decided to separate herself to an extent, from the mainstream moderates who were a part of her pack. She made it clear that she was firmly against the idea of condemnatory UN votes. The Vice President went on to publicly criticize those aiming to sway Israeli policy.
Harris has expressed that she believes in restoring aid to the Palestinians. Soon after the elections, she asserted that her and Biden are determined to come up with a two-state solution, and will firmly oppose any unilateral steps that attempt to undermine this goal. According to her, the President, as well as she will oppose settlement expansion and annexation.
In other news, the State of Israel is planning on prioritizing the vaccination of the people of Palestine, who are aged over 16. However, this campaign will begin only after the entire population of Israel has been vaccinated and the country receives surplus doses.