The Joint Statement on the US-Israeli Jerusalem Strategic Partnership

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JULY 14, 2022

STATEMENTS AND NEWS RELEASES

The leaders of the United States and Israel, President Biden and Prime Minister Lapid, met in Jerusalem on July 14, 2022 and adopted the following joint statement on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership:

The United States and Israel reaffirm the unbreakable ties between our two countries and the enduring commitment of the United States to Israel’s security. Our countries further reaffirm that the US-Israel strategic partnership is built on a foundation of shared values, shared interests, and genuine friendship. Additionally, the United States and Israel say that among the values ​​the countries share is an unwavering commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and the call of “Tikkun Olam,” to fix the world. Leaders express their gratitude to former Prime Minister Bennett, who led the most diverse government in Israel’s history and under whose leadership this extraordinary partnership has grown ever stronger.

Consistent with the longstanding security relationship between the United States and Israel and the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security, and in particular to the maintenance of its qualitative military advantage, the United States reiterates their unwavering commitment to preserving and enhancing Israel’s ability to deter its enemies and defend itself against any threat or combination of threats. The United States further reiterates that these commitments are bipartisan and sacrosanct, and that they are not only moral commitments, but also strategic commitments that are of vital importance to the national security of the United States. United States itself.

The United States emphasizes that an integral part of this commitment is the commitment never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that it is prepared to use all elements of its national power to guarantee this results. The United States further affirms its commitment to working with other partners to confront Iran’s aggression and destabilizing activities, whether advanced directly or through intermediaries and organizations. terrorists such as Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The United States and Israel note that nothing better reflects the United States’ unwavering and bipartisan support for Israel’s security than the unprecedented Security Assistance Memoranda of Understanding signed by successive U.S. administrations over the decades, and that these arrangements demonstrate in word and deed that the United States views Israel’s security as essential to American interests and as an anchor of regional stability.

The United States strongly supports full implementation of the terms of the current historic $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding, which honors the United States’ enduring commitment to Israel’s security, as well as our belief that A follow-up MoU should address emerging threats and new realities. . Additionally, the United States has committed to seek additional missile defense assistance beyond MoU levels, in exceptional circumstances such as hostilities with Hamas for eleven days in May 2021. Israel appreciates the commitment of the United States to the MoU and for providing the additional $1. billions above MoU levels in additional post-conflict missile defense funding in 2021. In addition, the countries express enthusiasm for advancing the US-Israel defense partnership through technology cooperation. advanced defenses such as high-energy laser weapon systems to defend the skies of Israel and in the future those of other US and Israeli security partners.

Israel thanks the United States for its continued and extensive support for deepening and expanding the historic Abraham Accords. The countries say Israel’s peace and normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco are a key addition to Israel’s strategic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, all of which are important for the country. future of the Middle East region and for the cause of regional security, prosperity and peace. The countries note that the historic Negev Summit, initiated and hosted by Prime Minister Lapid, was a milestone in joint US-Israeli efforts to build a new regional framework that is changing the face of the Middle East.

The United States and Israel welcome in this regard the meeting held in Manama, Bahrain, on June 27, forming the Negev Forum on Regional Cooperation. The United States welcomes these developments and is committed to continuing to play an active role, including during President Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, in building a strong regional architecture; deepen ties between Israel and all its regional partners; advancing Israel’s regional integration over time; and to widen the circle of peace to ever more Arab and Muslim states.

The United States and Israel also welcome the opportunity to participate in a quadrilateral (hybrid) meeting, with the leaders of India and the United Arab Emirates, under the I2U2 initiative, bringing together these four countries to advancing strategic economic and infrastructure cooperation, and demonstrating the importance of this new partnership, first launched by their Foreign Ministers in October 2021.

The United States and Israel reiterate their concerns about the ongoing attacks on Ukraine, their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and affirmed the importance of continued humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people.

The United States and Israel affirm that they will continue to work together to oppose all efforts to boycott or delegitimize Israel, deny its right to self-defense, or designate it unfairly in any forum, including the United Nations. or the International Criminal Court. While fully respecting the right to freedom of expression, they firmly reject the BDS campaign. Both countries will use the tools at their disposal to combat all scourges and all sources of anti-Semitism and to respond whenever legitimate criticism turns into bigotry and hatred or attempts to undermine Israel’s rightful and legitimate place in the within the family of nations. In this context, they express their deep concern at the global rise of anti-Semitism and reaffirm their commitment to counter this ancient hatred in all its manifestations. The United States is proud to stand with the Jewish, democratic State of Israel and its people, whose courage, resilience, and unparalleled spirit of innovation inspire so many people in the world.

The United States and Israel are committed to continuing to discuss challenges and opportunities in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The countries condemn the deplorable series of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens in recent months and affirm the need to confront radical forces, such as Hamas, which seek to inflame tensions and incite violence and terrorism. President Biden reaffirms his longstanding and consistent support for a two-state solution and moving toward a reality in which Israelis and Palestinians can enjoy equal measures of security, freedom, and prosperity. The United States stands ready to work with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and regional stakeholders toward this goal. The leaders also affirm their joint commitment to initiatives that strengthen the Palestinian economy and improve the quality of life of Palestinians.

The United States and Israel benefit from extensive bilateral cooperation and dialogue between their two countries in many critical areas – from groundbreaking collaboration in science and technology to unique intelligence sharing and exercises. joint military, to shared efforts to address pressing global challenges such as climate change, food security and health. To complement the existing extensive science and technology cooperation between their two countries and take their cooperation to a new level, the leaders launched a new US-Israeli high-level strategic dialogue on technology to form a US-Israeli technology partnership in the critical areas and emerging technologies, as well as areas of global interest: pandemic preparedness, climate change, artificial intelligence and trusted technology. This new technology partnership will be designed to boost countries’ mutual innovation ecosystems and respond to geostrategic challenges.

In that same spirit, the United States and Israel affirm their commitment to continue their shared and accelerated efforts to allow Israeli passport holders to be included in the United States visa waiver program as soon as possible, as well as their support for increased collaboration on operational cybersecurity. exchange and on the fight against cybercrime. The leaders declare that all of these initiatives, and countless other joint efforts, undertaken among their peoples at all levels of government and civil society demonstrate that the US-Israel strategic partnership is indispensable and makes an inordinate contribution not only to the good of the United States and Israeli citizens but also for the good of the Middle East and the world.

Building on this record of remarkable achievement, and aware of the incredible promise that the unparalleled relationship between the United States and Israel holds for the future, the United States and Israel warmly welcome the entry into the 75th year of this extraordinary partnership. .

Signed in Jerusalem on July 14, 2022, which corresponds to Tammuz 15, 5782, in the Hebrew calendar, in duplicate in the English language.

Joseph R. Biden Jr.

President of the United States of America

Yair Lapid

Prime Minister of the State of Israel

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