Kamala Harris Takes Lead, Affirms ‘Unwavering Commitment’ to Israel in Netanyahu Call

Harris condemned ICC probe into Israeli war crimes during the call

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday and reaffirmed the US commitment to Israel. The call was one of a series of conversations Harris has had with world leaders.

“The Vice President emphasized the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security,” the White House said in a readout of the call. Harris also told Netanyahu that the US opposes the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to investigate Israeli war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Harris and Netanyahu also discussed Iran. The White House said the two agreed on the importance of cooperating on Iran’s “nuclear program and the regime’s dangerous regional behavior.”

A report from Politico said Harris is looking for more foreign policy experience and is expected to have more one-on-one time with heads of state than previous Vice Presidents. The report said President Biden is encouraging Harris to do so since she could eventually replace the 78-year-old president if he chooses not to run in 2024.

Earlier this week, Harris spoke with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Last month, Harris held calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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