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Report: Bennett ‘ghosting’ Biden, won’t take his calls

Bennett’s office downplays report; Biden administration tacitly acknowledges its accuracy.

President Joe Biden has not responded to requests from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for a phone call, as a punitive measure meant to signal Washington’s “frustration” with settlement building in Judea and Samaria, according to a new report from Hebrew language Channel 13.

The station reported that Bennett had reached out to the Biden administration three weeks ago to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat and the next steps to be taken as talks in Vienna stall. Iran appears to be closer than ever to maintaining a nuclear weapon.

The Biden administration has completely ignored the request, Channel 13 reported, because of Bennett’s refusal to agree to a settlement freeze in Judea and Samaria during a recent conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Bennett’s office downplayed the report, saying that it had not formally reached out to the Biden administration nor asked for a phone call.

Notably, the White House did not deny that it had brushed off Bennett’s phone call requests when asked for comment by Hebrew media.

A spokesman for the State Department said that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who touched down in Tel Aviv for talks with Bennett and senior Israeli security officials on Tuesday, is responsible for handling the Iranian issue.

The statement implied that Sullivan’s visit to the Jewish State was arranged in response to Bennett’s requests for a phone call.

Following several days of meetings with Israeli officials, Sullivan is expected to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

After taking office in January 2021, Biden waited nearly a month before calling then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — a choice that was widely interpreted as a snub to Israel and a marked shift in U.S. policy towards Jerusalem after the staunchly pro-Israel Trump years.

Biden phoned Bennett just two hours after the latter was inaugurated in June 2021. The two leaders met at the White House in August 2021.

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Cathy Russell 00:10 23.12.2021
Your comment about Biden I agree with. The Indians died from European diseases they were not immune to. The Pilgrims left to gain their own worship of GOD and not the King there.
Pamela Hackner 15:01 22.12.2021
May be Israel should complain to America for occupying the country , taken from the Red Indians when they created the United States of America. Building in stolen land.
Pamela Hackner 14:57 22.12.2021
Cont to create the Hashomite Kingdom of Jordan.
Pamela Hackner 14:57 22.12.2021
Cont When the British went around the Arabian Gulf bringing together ALL THE WARING ARAB TRIBES and together with the Grandfather of King Abdallah, from Saudi Arabia were brought up to create the Hash
Pamela Hackner 14:55 22.12.2021
Cont. The only country who illegally occupied them was Jordan who took them by force from 1948 - 1967 Jordan did not esist until the Beginning of the last century when the British
Pamela Hackner 14:52 22.12.2021
Chutzpah how dare Biden tell Israel where we can not build. The so called West Bank and East Jerusalem belong to the Jewish people , not Jordan or the Arabs and Expecially not Biden
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