Rivlin accepts Biden’s invitation to visit Washington

US President Joe Biden (while serving as vice president) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in 2016 | File photo: Oren Ben Hakoon

Israeli president thanks the US for condemning antisemitic incidents during the Gaza hostilities.

US President Joe Biden invited his Israeli counterpart, President Reuven Rivlin, to visit the White House as the latter enters his final weeks in office.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken extended the invitation to Rivlin when the two met in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Rivlin said he was honored by the invite and was planning to visit Washington before his term expires on July 9.

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During their meeting, the two leaders discussed the spike in antisemitism worldwide, and in the US in particular, and Operation Guardian of the Walls in Gaza earlier this month.

Rivlin thanked the US for taking a strong stance against antisemitism during the Gaza hostilities.

Blinken condemned the recent rise in antisemitism in the world and the US, and said: “As you know, President Biden asked me to come to Israel this week, this week in particular, to underscore the commitment of the United States to our partnership, to our alliance, to Israel’s security and to the work that we need to do together and continue and try to bring peace, to bring communities together.”

The secretary of state arrived in Israel on Tuesday morning, the first stop on his first visit to the Middle East, during which he hopes to bolster the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

(Israel Hayom).



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