Tuesday 17th November 2020
Israel’s head of state Netanyahu is considered one of the most important international allies of US President Trump. The good relationship between the countries should not suffer after the election – this is what the elected President Biden promises in a first telephone call. He promises a close cooperation.
The elected US President Joe Biden has now also phoned Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an important international ally of incumbent Donald Trump. Biden promised Netanyahu his “support for Israel’s security and its future as a Jewish and democratic state,” the US Democrat’s transition team said. He wants to work “closely” with Netanyahu and “strengthen” relations between the two countries.
Netanyahu’s office spoke of a “cordial” conversation between the right-wing leader and Biden, who had defeated Trump in the November 3rd election. Netanyahu has had a difficult relationship with former US President Barack Obama, whom Biden served as deputy between 2009 and 2017. Obama had relied on diplomatic negotiations with Israel’s archenemy Iran and repeatedly campaigned for the rights of the Palestinians. Under Trump, the US tightened its course against Iran massively and relied on an extremely Israel-friendly policy in its Middle East policy.
New managers determined
Biden also called Israel’s head of state Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, as well as Indian head of government Narendra Modi, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Chile’s head of state Sebastián Piñera. The 77-year-old, who is due to be sworn in as the 46th President in US history on January 20, is currently preparing to take office despite Trump’s opposition. Trump has so far not admitted his electoral defeat. The incumbent speaks of alleged election fraud and has filed a number of lawsuits. Trump is also blocking a handover of office to Biden’s transition team.
Meanwhile, the election winner continues to put together his future management team. On Tuesday, he selected a number of confidants for key positions in the White House. Biden’s 44-year-old campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon is slated to become Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House. The African-American MP Cedric Richmond, who also played a central role in Biden’s election campaign, becomes a senior presidential advisor as a senior advisor.
Biden also appointed his chief election strategist and long-time confidante Mike Donilon as Senior Advisor. Former law professor Dana Remus, who also worked for Biden’s campaign team, becomes the White House’s chief legal advisor.
Biden is sticking to his line of filling key positions in government headquarters with confidants. He had already appointed his former Chief of Staff during his time as Vice President, Ron Klain, as his future Chief of Staff last week. Every second of the top positions awarded to date in the White House is occupied by a woman. In the coming weeks, Biden should announce who he wants to make minister in his future government.
On Monday, Biden had urged Trump to initiate a handover of government affairs. “More people could die if we don’t coordinate,” said Biden, referring to the corona pandemic.