Biden and Naftali Bennett to Meet, Seeking to Burnish U.S.-Israel Relations

WASHINGTON — When Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel meets President Biden on the White House on Thursday, the 2 new leaders plan to search a reset in relations between their international locations and reinforce a bond that has confirmed indicators of pressure.

Mr. Biden, who referred to as Mr. Bennett to congratulate him lower than two hours after his swearing-in two months in the past, has tried to ship a transparent sign that the United States helps his new, various, coalition authorities.

Mr. Bennett has mentioned that he needs his administration to be often known as the “good-will government,” and that he needs to take a softer tone towards the United States than did his longtime predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, who typically clashed with Democratic leaders.

But for all of the conciliatory type, the problem could be the substance. Mr. Biden and Mr. Bennett, who’ve by no means met earlier than, have vastly completely different views of the Israeli-Palestinian battle, and of efforts to restore the Iran nuclear deal.

Mr. Bennett has made clear that there is not going to be an impartial Palestinian state whereas he’s the pinnacle of his authorities. The Biden administration, in distinction, has expressed a deep dedication to a two-state resolution that, by definition, consists of an impartial Palestinian state.

Mr. Bennett additionally opposes the United States’ re-entry into the Iran settlement, which the Biden administration is exploring.

“These are two very central issues in the U.S.-Israel relationship on which there are radically different points of view,” mentioned Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel advocacy group. “The tone and the atmosphere cannot substitute for the fact that there is a fundamental difference in view on the core issues at stake in the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

In a latest interview with The New York Times, Mr. Bennett mentioned he would broaden West Bank settlements, a transfer Mr. Biden opposes. And he declined to again American plans to reopen a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Still, he made clear that he wished the assembly to present that the connection with the United States was on extra strong floor, even when a few of his insurance policies are related to these of Mr. Netanyahu.

“There’s a new dimension here — coming up with new ways to address problems, being very realistic, very pragmatic, and being reasonable with friends,” Mr. Bennett mentioned.

His go to comes as Mr. Biden is navigating the most important overseas coverage disaster of his younger presidency, attempting to evacuate all Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan earlier than his Aug. 31 deadline for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the nation after 20 years of struggle.

At dwelling, Mr. Biden is coping with crosscurrents over Israel in his personal social gathering, as an energized progressive wing and a quiet shift amongst extra mainstream Democrats have led many lawmakers to take a extra skeptical method towards the longtime ally.

Mr. Bennett can be the uncommon worldwide chief that Mr. Biden, a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shares no historical past with, a distinction that units Mr. Bennett aside even from a few of his neighbors. Last month, when King Abdullah II of Jordan grew to become the primary Arab head of state to go to the White House since Mr. Biden took workplace, the president referred to as him a “loyal and decent friend” and famous, “We’ve been hanging out together for a long time.”