US, World Leaders Congratulate Newly-Appointed Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid

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Assessment: A secular Prime Minister who favors a two state solution appointed 2 weeks before Joe Biden’s ME Visit … what can go right?

World leaders offered congratulations to newly-installed Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Friday, as the foreign minister took the helm from outgoing premier Naftali Bennett ahead of elections in November.

US President Joe Biden was one of the first to send Lapid his good wishes, highlighting his forthcoming visit to Israel.

“Congratulations to Yair Lapid, Israel’s new Prime Minister, and thank you to Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for your friendship over the past year,” Biden tweeted. “I look forward to seeing you both in July to celebrate the unbreakable US-Israel partnership.”

Speaking on Thursday, Biden emphasized that one of the goals of his visit was to “deepen Israel’s integration in the region, which I think we’re going to be able to do and which is good — good for peace and good for Israeli security.” Biden added that Israeli leaders had “come out so strongly” in favor of him visiting Saudi Arabia for this reason.

Responding to Biden, Lapid tweeted that the “ties between Israel and the United States are unbreakable. They are based on deep foundations of shared values and a common vision for the future. I look forward to welcoming you to Israel and strengthening the unique alliance between us.”

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