Biden finally calls Netanyahu

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Barak Ravid
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President Joe Biden spoke on the phone today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one month after taking office.

Why it matters: In recent weeks, the White House faced questions over Biden’s decision to call the leaders of a dozen allies and world powers before calling Netanyahu.

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The White House denied that Biden was snubbing Netanyahu and said Biden hadn’t called as many leaders as he would have liked because of other pressing issues.

  • On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Netanyahu would be the first Middle Eastern leader to get a call from Biden.

  • Netanyahu has faced many questions himself on the delayed call and attempted to downplay the issue.

Driving the news: Netanyahu’s office said the leaders spoke for an hour and had a friendly and warm conversation.

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