US President Biden has arrived in Israel along with around 50 official and staffers, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. He was welcomed by President Herzog, Prime Minister Lapid, alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other government ministers and Knesset members. Biden will head to Jerusalem by car, closing off Route 1 in both directions. Thousands of police officers and security personnel have been mobilized to make sure the President’s visit goes smoothly and securely.
The United States and Israel announced a new advanced technology partnership. The joint statement from Prime Minister Lapid and President Biden said, “A Strategic High-Level Dialogue on Technology will be established by the countries’ national security advisers that will focus on strategic technologies artificial intelligence, quantum and solutions to global challenges such as climate change and improving pandemic preparedness.”
Israel has agreed to sell unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and UAV targeting systems to the United Arab Emirates, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report also said that Israel is training Bahraini personnel to use the UAV systems.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke with Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The two discussed the need to further strengthen cooperation between Israel and Greece, particularly regarding energy.
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