The United States and Israel reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two countries and the enduring commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.
The leaders express appreciation to former Prime Minister Bennett. He led the most diverse government in Israel’s history. Under his leadership, this extraordinary partnership has continued to grow stronger.
The United States further reiterates that these commitments are bipartisan and sacrosanct. They are not only moral commitments, but also strategic commitments that are vitally important to the national security of the United States itself.
The United States’ Commitment
The US stresses that integral to this pledge is the commitment never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that it is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.
The United States further affirms the commitment to work together with other partners to confront Iran’s aggression and destabilizing activities, whether advanced directly or through proxies and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The US and Israel note that nothing better reflects the steadfast and bipartisan support of the United States to Israel’s security than the unprecedented Memoranda of Understanding on security assistance signed by successive US administrations over the last few decades, and that these arrangements demonstrate in word and deed that the United States considers Israel’s security essential to US interests and an anchor of regional stability.
The United States strongly supports implementing the terms of the current historic $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding in full, which honors the United States’ enduring commitment to Israel’s security, as well as its conviction that a follow-on MOU should address emerging threats and new realities.
In addition, the United States is committed to seeking additional missile defense assistance in excess of MOU levels. This is especially in exceptional circumstances such as the hostilities with Hamas over eleven days in May 2021. Israel appreciates the US commitment to the MOU. It appreciates that they are providing an additional $1 billion over MOU levels in supplemental missile defense funding following the 2021 conflict.
Further, the countries express enthusiasm to move forward the US-Israel defense partnership through cooperation in cutting-edge defense technologies such as high energy laser weapons systems to defend the skies of Israel and in the future those of other US and Israel security partners.
Israel Says Thank You
Israel thanks the United States for its ongoing and extensive support for deepening and broadening the historic Abraham Accords.
The countries affirm that Israel’s peace and normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco constitute a critical addition to Israel’s strategic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. These are important to the future of the Middle East region. They are also important to the cause of regional security, prosperity, and peace.
The countries note that the historic Negev Summit, initiated and hosted by Prime Minister Lapid, was a landmark event in joint US-Israeli efforts to build a new regional framework that is changing the face of the Middle East.
The United States and Israel welcome in this regard the meeting held in Manama, Bahrain on June 27th, forming the Negev Forum on regional cooperation.
The United States welcomes these developments and is committed to continue playing an active role. This includes President Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, where he will aid in building a robust regional architecture. He will aim to deepen the ties between Israel and all of its regional partners. Additionally, he will advance Israel’s regional integration over time. President Biden will expand the circle of peace to include ever more Arab and Muslim States.
An Important Meeting
The US and Israel also welcome the opportunity to participate in a quadrilateral (hybrid) meeting. With the leaders of India and the United Arab Emirates, in the context of the I2U2 initiative, they will bring together these four countries. They seek to advance cooperation in economy and strategic infrastructure. They demonstrate the importance of this new partnership, first launched by their Foreign Ministers in October 2021.
The United States and Israel reiterate their concerns regarding the ongoing attacks against Ukraine. They establish their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. As well, they affirmed the importance of continued humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine.
The US and Israel affirm that they will continue to work together to combat all efforts to boycott or de-legitimize Israel. They will combat efforts to deny its right to self-defense, or to unfairly single it out in any forum. This includes at the United Nations or the International Criminal Court. While fully respecting the right to freedom of expression, they firmly reject the BDS campaign.
The two countries will use the tools at their disposal to fight every scourge and source of antisemitism. They will respond whenever legitimate criticism crosses over into bigotry and hatred. This includes attempts to undermine Israel’s rightful and legitimate place among the family of nations.
In this context, they express their deep concern over the global surge in antisemitism. They reassert their commitment to counter this ancient hatred in all of its manifestations. The United States is proud to stand with the Jewish and democratic State of Israel, and with its people. Their uncommon courage, resilience, and spirit of innovation are an inspiration to so many worldwide.
The United States and Israel commit to continuing to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The countries condemn the deplorable series of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. This includes attacks especially in recent months. They affirm the need to confront radical forces, such as Hamas, seeking to inflame tension and instigate violence and terrorism.
President Biden reaffirms his longstanding and consistent support of a two-state solution. He is in favor of advancing toward a reality in which Israelis and Palestinians alike can enjoy equal measures of security, freedom, and prosperity.
The United States stands ready to work with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and regional stakeholders toward that goal. The leaders also affirm their shared commitment to initiatives that strengthen the Palestinian economy and improve the quality of life of Palestinians.
The United States and Israel enjoy extensive bilateral cooperation and dialogue between their two countries. This is evident in many critical spheres. One is groundbreaking collaboration in science and technology. Another is unique intelligence sharing and joint military exercises. Yet another is shared efforts in confronting pressing global challenges such as climate change, food security, and healthcare.
Bringing Technology into the Equation
The leaders launched a new US-Israel Strategic High-Level Dialogue on Technology. This will form a US-Israel technological partnership in critical and emerging technologies. This will complement the extensive existing scientific and technological cooperation between their two countries. It will bring their cooperation to a new height, as well. It will also aid in areas of global concern, including pandemic preparedness, climate change, artificial intelligence, and trusted technology. This new technological partnership will be designed to boost the countries’ mutual innovation ecosystems. It will also address geostrategic challenges.
In this same spirit, the United States and Israel affirm their commitment to continue their shared and accelerated efforts. They will enable Israeli passport holders to be included in the US Visa Waiver Program as soon as possible. They will also show their support for increased collaboration on operational cyber exchange and on combatting cybercrime.
The leaders state that all of these initiatives, and countless other joint endeavors, undertaken between their peoples at every level of government and civil society demonstrate that the US-Israel strategic partnership is indispensable. It makes an outsized contribution to the good of American and Israeli citizens. Additionally, it is for the good of the Middle East and of the world.
With this record of remarkable achievement and with a sense of the incredible promise that the unparalleled US-Israel relationship holds for the future, the United States and Israel warmly welcome entering the 75th year of this extraordinary partnership.
Signed at Jerusalem on the 14th day of the July, 2022, which corresponds to the 15th day of Tamuz, 5782, in the Hebrew calendar, in duplicate in the English language.
Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America
Yair Lapid, Prime Minister of the State of Israel