President Joe Biden on Sunday accepted Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s invitation to visit Israel in the next few months amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.
Bennett updated Biden on “the efforts to stop the violence and incitement in Jerusalem,” according to a press release from the prime minister’s office.
Biden’s press release noted that the president acknowledged these efforts which took place during the month of Ramadan.
He specifically stood against Iran’s demand to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps from the United States Foreign Terror Organization list as part of a possible Iran Deal.
“I am sure that President Biden, who is a true friend of Israel and cares about its security, will not allow the IRGC to be removed from the list of terrorist organizations. Israel has clarified its position on the issue: The IRGC is the largest terrorist organization in the world,” Bennett said.
The White House said Biden spoke with Bennett about “shared regional and global security challenges, including the threat posed by Iran and its proxies.”
Biden also spoke about the $1 billion allocation to support Israel’s Iron Dome arial defense system.
Neither office gave a specific date for Biden to visit Israel, which would be his first tip to the country since 2016, when he was vice president.