Blinken félicite Lapid et réitère le soutien des USA à la solution à deux États

Blinken félicite Lapid et réitère le soutien des USA à la solution à deux États

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone with Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday, in the first public call between a senior White House official and Lapid since taking office last week.

Mr. Blinken congratulated Mr. Lapid on his assumption of the post of prime minister and reaffirmed “Washington’s unwavering commitment to maintaining US-Israeli cooperation, Israel’s security and to countering common threats, including those of Iran,” the State Department said in a statement.

The US Foreign Minister “also underscored US support for the negotiated two-state solution” and said that “Biden looks forward to celebrating our partnership with Israel during his upcoming visit. »

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US President Joe Biden’s Twitter account posted a congratulatory message to Lapid at midnight between Thursday and Friday, the minute he officially replaced Naftali Bennett as prime minister.

The Israeli press reported on that occasion, quoting Israeli officials, that Mr. Biden would call Mr. Lapid on Friday, but the conversation with Blinken on Wednesday indicated that the president would not speak to the prime minister until Biden landed in Israel. for a visit next Wednesday. Biden will visit Israel and the West Bank

Lapid’s cabinet has reported no congratulatory phone calls from leaders of other states since taking office. He met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday.

In their statements, Joe Biden’s representatives stressed the administration’s support for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but this will be the first time the administration has worked with an Israeli prime minister who openly supports this concept.

Former Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett had both refused to publicly support this formula for resolving the conflict since Biden’s election. Both Netanyahu and Bennett have strong ties to the settler movement.

Lapid has said he is ready to make territorial compromises in order to establish a Palestinian state, but he too is opposed to the division of any part of Jerusalem, a solution deemed unviable by the Palestinians, who regard East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Lapid will have little power to pass laws as transitional prime minister, however. Israelis will go to the polls on November 1 for their fifth national election in less than four years.

Lapid said on Tuesday that he was not ruling out a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but that there were currently no immediate plans for talks.

“The limits of what can be done given current Palestinian governance and Israel’s political turmoil are clear to everyone,” he said.

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