Joe Biden appears to fall asleep in a meeting with former Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett. (Photo credit: White House)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has extended an invitation to US President Biden to visit Israel, which Biden readily accepted.
The invitation was made during a phone conversation between the two heads of state on 24 April. An exact date for the visit has not yet been set.
The last meeting between the two was when PM Bennett visited President Biden in Washington in August 2021.
During their call the two discussed ways to diffuse and stop the growing violence and escalations in Jerusalem. The White House stated that Biden “took note of ongoing efforts between Israeli and Palestinian officials to lower tensions and ensure a peaceful conclusion to the holy season of Ramadan.”
The two also discussed the Iran and Vienna talks, where mentions of removing the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from the US terrorist designation are floating around.
“I am confident that President Biden … will not allow the Revolutionary Guards to be removed,” Bennett declared in his statement. His government opposes the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.
Since the beginning of the month of Ramadan, Israeli forces have been implementing restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and preventing men from 12 to 40 years of age from praying at the Islamic holy site.
As the Islamic holy month coincided with the Jewish holiday of Passover, Jewish extremists have sought to insult and desecrate the Islamic holy site by charging into it during their holiday season.
For several days in a row, extremist settlers have stormed the Islamic holy site and performed provocative rituals under the protection of militarized Israeli police forces who brutalized worshippers and besieged them inside the mosque compounds, causing many to suffer from tear gas suffocation.
Israeli forces also prevented Palestinian Orthodox Christians from reaching the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on Easter.
The brutalization of Palestinians and the grave insults against Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem have prompted the Palestinian resistance to launch several retaliatory missile strikes into several Israeli settlements near the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian resistance was also able to confuse the Iron Dome missile defense system by firing machine guns instead of rockets, triggering its sensitive radars and causing the release of expensive Iron Dome batteries.
Despite the US being one of the biggest allies and supporters of Israel, Tel Aviv has moved to diversify its foreign currency reserves by reducing the percentage of US dollars and adding other currencies like the Chinese yuan, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars, and Japanese yen.
The US dollar and its status as the world’s reserve currency is coming under review as sanctions against Russia backfire on the US, causing record high fuel price increases, as well as moves by several OPEC member states to turn towards Moscow and Beijing for political and economic relations.