The President of Israel is preparing a visit to the USA

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The Israeli president is expected to meet with Joe Biden by the beginning of July. Reuven Rivlin, who will visit the US as announced on Wednesday (26/5) his office.

Reuven Rivlin will be the first high-ranking Israeli official to meet with the US president after his arrival at the White House.

The invitation was sent by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken during a meeting with Rivlin in Jerusalem as part of a Middle East tour.

The Israeli president “accepted the invitation” and “will be happy” to travel to Washington before the end of his term on July 5, Rivlin’s office said in a statement, according to the Athens News Agency.

“The president Biden “He is looking forward to welcoming you to Washington,” the US Secretary of State wrote in a social media post.

The Israeli president and the US Secretary of State discussed this morning in Jerusalem the fragile truce between the Jewish state and Hamas in power in the Gaza Strip, which came into force on May 21 after 11 days of war.

During his visit to Jerusalem, the US diplomat reaffirmed his “full support for Israel’s right to self-defense” following rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. He also called for a two-state solution, the Israeli-Palestinian one, and announced his intention to “rebuild” relations with the Palestinians.

From May 10 to 21, 254 Palestinians were killed in airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, including 66 children and militants, according to local authorities. In Israel, rocket fire from Gaza killed 12 people, including a child, a teenager and a soldier, according to police.

President Reuvin Rivlin, who holds the most honorary powers, took over the presidency in 2014. His seven-year term is non-renewable and ends on July 5.

Members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, will elect the new head of state on June 2. There are two candidates: Isaac Herzog, a former Labor leader, and Miriam Perez, a teacher.

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