Democratic Majority for Israel’s Board of Directors held a video call this afternoon with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid – his first call with an American organization since assuming office a little over a week ago.

Foreign Minister Lapid made clear that a strong U.S.-Israel relationship benefits both countries, is a core strategic asset for Israel, and requires a bipartisan approach, working with both Democrats and Republicans. He noted reinvigorating Israel’s relationship with Democrats is one of his central objectives and congratulated DMFI’s leadership for the outstanding work the organization is doing to strengthen support for the U.S.-Israel relationship in the Democratic Party.

He emphasized his enthusiasm for working closely with the Biden administration and conveyed his deep appreciation for the warm reception the new Israeli government received from the administration, as well as for its unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.

He also shared his conviction that Iran cannot be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon and his commitment to strengthening ties with Israel’s neighbors in the Arab world. Minister Lapid indicated that Israel will continue to find ways to benefit all the people of the region and narrow the conflict with the Palestinians.