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Antony Blinken meets with Israeli foreign minister for reset from Trump, Netanyahu era

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BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 24: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, on June 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Blinken is on his second visit to Europe, following his trip to Britain and Belgium with President Joe Biden. Blinken will next travel to France and Italy. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 24: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, on June 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Blinken is on his second visit to Europe, following his trip to Britain and Belgium with President Joe Biden. Blinken will next travel to France and Italy. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial, on June 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:32 PM PT – Sunday, June 27, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (D) met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Rome on Sunday. Reports said the meeting took place to focus on moving past the Benjamin Netanyahu era.

This comes as the Biden administration is reportedly preparing to bring back the Iran nuclear deal. Although the new Israeli government has said it’s still opposed to the Iran deal, they say they want to be softer in opposition.

Netanyahu formerly riled the Obama administration by coming and speaking to a joint session of Congress against the deal in 2015. However, with Netanyahu out as prime minister after numerous deadlocked elections, the Biden administration said it’s hoping to start anew with Israel.

“I look forward to working with you to widen the circle of peace in our region that is the best way to bring stability and prosperity to the Middle East,” said Lapid.

“We will discuss a range of issues which concerns Israel, including strengthening our ability to defend ourselves, working to minimize conflict between us and the Palestinians while making life better for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

Both sides agreed to deepen U.S.-Israeli dialogue amid ongoing threats to destroy the Jewish State by Iranian-backed terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

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