Israeli leaders finally had “the” call with U.S. president-elect Joe Biden. Undoubtedly, the very personal relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump has made digesting the new reality challenging. Not surprisingly, the Israeli electorate has been overwhelmingly supportive of Trump and his administration, and its loyalty is understandable.
After all, Donald Trump is the most pro-Israel defender who has ever ruled from the Oval. No previous American administration could possibly rival the Trump administration’s support for the Jewish state and the advancement of peace in the Middle East. The icing on the cake may yet materialize before Trump’s departure with Saudi Arabia joining the Abraham Peace Accords alongside Israel, the U.A.E., Bahrain and Sudan.
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Initial diplomatic reports indicate that both Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had separate and warm calls with Biden. According to a statement put out by the Biden transition team, “the president-elect expressed his determination to ensure that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strengthened and enjoys bipartisan support” adding that “the president-elect noted he expects to work closely with the prime minister to address the many challenges confronting our countries.”