Netanyahu and US VP Harris Discuss Tech, COVID-19 and the ICC

7 March, 2021   |   1 month ago

Jerusalem, 7 March, 2021 (TPS) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Thursday night with US Vice President Kamala Harris, who “commended the great success of the vaccines campaign in Israel,” Netanyahu’s office stated.

The two “agreed to establish a joint team to tighten cooperation in technological research and development in the fight against the Coronavirus, water, green energy and in additional areas.”

Harris also expressed the American administration’s “complete opposition” to the decision of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to launch a war crimes probe against Israel.

The White House stated that they noted their “opposition to the International Criminal Court’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel.”

Netanyahu said that “intelligence and security cooperation would continue to be strengthened” and added that he was “totally committed to preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons designed to destroy Israel.”

According to the White House, Harris emphasized the US’ “unwavering commitment to Israel’s security” and expressed “strong support for Israel’s recent groundbreaking normalization agreements with countries in the Arab and Muslim world, and stressed the importance of advancing peace, security, and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

The two agreed on “the importance of continuing close cooperation and partnership on regional security issues, including Iran’s nuclear program and the regime’s dangerous regional behavior.”

They also noted their “opposition to the International Criminal Court’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel.”