Israel’s ambassador to the United States resigned on Sunday, hours later welcoming Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to Washington, where he will meet President Biden at the White House on Monday.
Why is this important: Gilad Erdan’s move comes as the Biden administration and new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett grapple with each other, especially over more controversial issues like Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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The big picture: This is a farewell tour for Rivlin, whose seven-year term ends next month. Isaac Herzog will become Israel’s next president on July 9.
Rivlin met with Bennett and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid last week to coordinate the message to the United States on Iran, Axios reported.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Lapid in Rome on Sunday where they discussed regional stability, according to spokesman Ned Price after the meeting.
Erdan will continue to be Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
Go further: To replace Netanyahu, Israel tries diplomacy with US over Iran deal
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