WASHINGTON — Israeli President Isaac Herzog will visit the White House on Tuesday and deliver a joint address to Congress during their two-day trip to the nation’s capital, the White House press secretary said in a news release. , Karine Jean-Pierre.
«The two leaders will discuss opportunities to deepen Israel’s regional integration and create a more peaceful and prosperous Middle East.» Jean-Pierre’s statement saying. «President Biden will emphasize the importance of our shared democratic values and discuss ways to promote equal measures of freedom, prosperity and security for Palestinians and Israelis.»
President Joe Biden and Herzog will also discuss Russia’s «deepening» military relationship with Iran and Iran’s «destabilizing behavior in the region,» he said.
The meeting will also emphasize Israel’s «enduring partnership and friendship» with the United States, and Biden will «reaffirm America’s steadfast commitment to Israel’s security,» Jean-Pierre said.
Herzog will meet with Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday. He will be the third foreign leader in deliver a joint address to Congress this year. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a speech in June and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in April.
Biden previously met with Herzog at the White House in October, where the US president stressed an «iron» commitment to Israel.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not join Herzog for the visit. In an interview on CNN that aired Sunday, Biden was asked when Netanyahu would be invited to the White House. Biden said the Israeli president would be coming and «we have other contacts.»
“I think Bibi is trying to figure out how she can solve her existing problems in terms of her coalition,” Biden said in the interview, using the nickname Netanyahu.
While the White House supports a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians, that option seems unlikely under Israel’s far-right government.
The Israeli army raided the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank earlier this month, the biggest raid in 20 years. The army said the operation was aimed at targeting the militants. At least 10 Palestinians were killed.
In June, the Israeli government approved the construction of thousands of new homes in the West Bank. Earlier this year, the US asked Israel’s ambassador to the US to go to the State Department, which had protested a new Israeli law that would allow expanded settlement construction in the West Bank.
Beyond the West Bank settlements, a two-state solution is further complicated by the geographic separation between Gaza and the West Bank and the varying control of leaders in those different areas, including Hamas in Gaza and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank.
Israel’s government has also recently faced nationwide demonstrations against planned judicial reform that would limit Supreme Court oversight.
Lawahez Jabari, alexander smith and Raphael Sanchez contributed.