Report: Biden to Visit Israel in June, Despite Political Unrest

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U.S. President Joe Biden (R) and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office, last September. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

The White House reportedly informed Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s office on the weekend that President Joe Biden still plans to visit Israel next month, despite the political instability in Israel.

The president’s trip, announced last month, will go ahead as planned and is expected to take place in late June, Channel 12 reported.

Preparations for the trip are already underway, including security coordination between Israeli and American officials.

During his visit, Biden’s first to Israel as president, he will meet with Bennett and President Yitzchak Herzog, before traveling to Beit Lechem for a meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Tensions have recently arisen between Yerushalayim and Washington, notably over the construction of housing in Israeli communities in Yehudah and Shomron and the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in an exchange of fire between IDF troops and Palestinian terrorists.

At the same time, Bennett’s governing coalition is faltering after the defections of two members reduced it to a minority of 59 MKs.

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