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Touting reset of ties, Bennett heads to US to map out Iran strategy with Biden

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett promised to work with the United States on a scheme to block Iran from advancing its nuclear program, as he departed for talks with US President Joe Biden and other senior administration officials in Washington on Tuesday.

Bennett took off from Ben Gurion Airport late Tuesday afternoon, after his first official overseas trip was briefly delayed by protesters.

“We are bringing a new spirit of cooperation with us,” Bennett said before boarding his plane, pointing to the new governments in Israel and the US. “I have no doubt that this new spirit of cooperation has contributed, and will continue to contribute, to the security of Israel.”

Bennett said that the main focus of his meetings will be Iran’s nuclear program, particularly the advances made in the last years.

“We will plan how to block the Iranian nuclear program,” he said.

The premier added he and Biden — who he hailed as a “true friend” of Israel — will also discuss several initiatives that will help Israel maintain its qualitative military edge, along with trade, technological innovation, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I plan to share with President Biden the information and insights we’re gathering from the third vaccine campaign here,” he said.

Bennett’s departure from the airport was briefly delayed by a group of El Al employees protesting on Ben Gurion Airport’s tarmac, as part of demonstrations by aviation workers over the impact of coronavirus travel restrictions on their livelihoods.

Also protesting at the airport were several dozen pro-settlement demonstrators who awaited Bennett’s arrival, urging him not to “sell them out” during........

© The Times of Israel

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