US Ambassador to the UN Visits Gaza and Lebanon Borders

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield visited Israel’s borders with Gaza and Lebanon on Tuesday.

The tour was led by IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Herzy Halevy and accompanied by the UN Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan.

Erdan said the tour was “an important milestone in strategic cooperation between Israel and the United States.

“The ambassador and I worked together to stop initiatives against Israel in the Security Council, and today she learned in depth about the security landscape in the region,” he said. “In the north and south, the ambassador saw the many threats we face and the terrorist organizations that are just across the border, as extensions of Iran.”

Thomas-Greenfield saw the Iron Dome missile defense batteries that Erdan says are “an inseparable part of our security alliance, which protects the citizens of Israel and will soon also protect the lives of American soldiers in war zones. of the world”.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, November 15, 2021 (Credit: CHAIM TZACH / GPO)

Erdan said he believes that the next time the US ambassador has to speak about Israel at the UN Security Council, she will surely remember this trip.

The ambassador’s two-day trip was the first by a member of US President Joe Biden’s cabinet to the new government in Jerusalem, and her first visit to Israel.

He is expected to continue to Ramallah, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Amman.

On Monday, Thomas-Greenfield said the United States would like more countries to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, after the Abraham Accords.

After a meeting with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Thomas-Greenfield tweeted: “He encouraged me to hear about the tangible progress of the Abraham Accords during my meeting with [Lapid]. The United States will continue to encourage countries in the region to normalize relations and expand cooperation with Israel, including at the UN. “

Thomas-Greenfield is “a true friend who fights shoulder to shoulder with us in one of the most complex areas of the international community,” Lapid said. “Our friendship is based not only on mutual interests, but on shared values ​​and a shared worldview.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the ambassador: “There is a significant difference between the reality in Israel and what is heard about us in the corridors of the UN.”

He thanked him for presenting “justice and reason in an institution that we can both objectively say is biased against Israel.”

Bennett said Thomas-Greenfield can see Israel’s “vibrant democracy” while in Israel, and expressed hope that she has a better idea of ​​the challenges it faces, including Iranian-backed terrorist organizations.

Earlier, Thomas-Greenfield met with President Isaac Herzog and said the United States “looks forward to working with him on the many issues that unite us.”

Herzog and Thomas-Greenfield discussed strategic issues and the president thanked him for being with Israel at the UN.

Thomas-Greenfield also met with the Minister of Transport and Labor leader, Merav Michaeli, and then tweeted: “I like [US President Joe Biden, [Michaeli] knows that infrastructure is a national security issue. And I applaud their work to promote gender equality in all areas of society.

Thomas-Greenfield also visited Yad Vashem and said she was “deeply moved” by the experience.

“Thank you to all who participated in the creation of this institution dedicated to Holocaust remembrance and education and the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion,” he tweeted.

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