Blinken, Lapid Discuss Need to Improve Israeli-Palestinian Relations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Secretary of State Blinken spoke on Thursday with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and discussed “the need to improve Israeli-Palestinian relations in practical ways,” the State Department said in a statement.

“They also shared opinions on opportunities to deepen normalization efforts as well as on regional security issues, including Iran,” the State Department said.

On Sunday, Blinken congratulated Lapid on Israel’s new government in a phone call. Blinken also invited Lapid to visit Washington, according to the Statement Department.

The administration of President Joe Biden has been quick to embrace Israel’s new government.

The new government unseated Binyamin Netanyahu, handing the premiership to Naftali Bennett in a rotation agreement with Lapid.