'America's commitment to Israel is ironclad' says US security advisor to Netanyahu


Published: 2023-01-19 16:14

Last Updated: 2023-02-04 14:54

'America's commitment to Israel is ironclad' says US security advisor to Netanyahu
'America's commitment to Israel is ironclad' says US security advisor to Netanyahu

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said during his meeting with Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem that "America's commitment to Israel is ironclad."

Sullivan stressed that "It's a commitment that's rooted in shared history, shared interests, and shared values."

"We have to talk about both the challenges but also the real opportunities that our two countries have to work towards a better future," he added.

Netanyahu discussed normalizing ties with Saudi Arabia in talks with visiting White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan Thursday, his office said.

Netanyahu, who returned to office last month with the formation of a new government, was at the helm in 2020 when the Israeli Occupation established ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco as part of the Abraham Accords.

In their talks, Netanyahu and Sullivan discussed "measures to deepen the Abraham Accords and expand the cycle of peace, with an emphasis on a breakthrough with Saudi," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

They also discussed joint efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program and its regional activities, with Netanyahu thanking his American guest for President Joe Biden's commitment to preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear arms, the statement said.

"You come at a special time because we have acute challenges to our security and vast opportunities for peace," Netanyahu said in televized remarks relayed by his office.

"I am convinced that by working together we can both meet the challenges and realize the opportunities," he said. "That's something that bolsters our extraordinary alliance but also can change the region and change history."

Sullivan's visit, the first of a senior US official since Netanyahu's new government was sworn in, also saw him meet President Isaac Herzog Wednesday for talks about "ways to deepen the strategic cooperation," Herzog's office said.

Before speaking with Netanyahu Thursday, Sullivan had met with the head of Israeli Occupation's Mossad spy agency David Barnea and Israeli Occupation national security advisor Tzachi Hanegbi.

Hanegbi and Sullivan also held a video call with their Emirati and Bahraini counterparts, with the four "committing to enhancing the Abraham Accords," Netanyahu's office said.