Israeli leader says Biden visit shows US relations strong 
sraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM : Israel’s prime minister says the upcoming visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden proves the strong ties between the close allies.

Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called Biden a “friend” and his visit a reflection of close ties. He said, “those who have predicted the collapse of these relations” have been proven wrong.

Netanyahu has had a rocky relationship with President Barack Obama, particularly over Netanyahu’s fierce objection to a nuclear deal with Iran. Biden’s previous official visit in 2010 was marred by an Israeli announcement of a new West Bank settlement project that angered the White House, which declared it damaging to peace prospects.

Biden, who arrives in Israel on Tuesday, will also visit Jordan and the United Arab Emirates during his swing through the region.

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