The danger of Iran’s military actions in the region and Israel’s relationship with its neighbors is on the agenda for US Vice President Joe Biden’s two-day visit to the Jewish state this week.
The vice president recognizes he is visiting the region at a “challenging time,” one senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday night.
“In Israel, in particular, he wanted to discuss Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [the Iran deal] implementation and countering Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region,” the official said.
“The vice president also looks forward to discussing Israel’s ongoing efforts to improve relations with its regional neighbors,” he added.
US administration officials say negotiations over the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding under which Israel annually receives defense funding from the US, will not be the primary point of discussion during Biden’s visit.
The official added that “the vice president wanted to engage with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, given the ongoing violence and tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.”