“The two had a warm and positive conversation and discussed the importance of bipartisan support for Israel in the United States,” according to the Foreign Office. Lapid “thanked Pelosi for his long-standing support for Israel and the two agreed to stay in touch,” the statement said.
Pelosi tweeted that she was “very happy to speak with” Lapid and that the couple “discussed the strong relationship and shared values between our two countries”.
Lapid has made improving Israel’s ties with the Democratic Party one of his main goals as foreign minister after relations were broken during the tenure of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In his first speech after taking office as foreign minister last week, Lapid vowed to right the damage he caused to Netanyahu by getting closer to former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
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“The handling of relations with the Democratic Party in the United States was negligent and dangerous,” Lapid said last week during a handover ceremony at the Foreign Office. “Republicans are important to us, their friendship is important to us, but not just the friendship of the Republican Party. We end up with a Democratic White House, Senate and House and they are angry. We need to change the way we work with them.
Isaac Herzog, then leader of the opposition, welcomes Nancy Pelosi in Tel Aviv on March 26, 2018 (Isaac Herzog’s Twitter feed via JTA)
In a Monday appeal with the Democratic Majority for Israel, Lapid reiterated that “reinvigorating Israel’s relations with Democrats is one of its central goals.”
Lapid “underlined his enthusiasm for working closely with the Biden administration and expressed his deep appreciation for the warm welcome the new Israeli government has received from the administration, as well as for its unwavering commitment to the Israel’s security, ”according to DMFI.
The new foreign minister also “indicated that Israel will continue to find ways to benefit all residents of the region and reduce conflict with the Palestinians.”
DMFI is an organization that seeks to build support for Israel within the Democratic Party. It is led by Mark Mellman, who has been Lapid’s main strategist since Yesh Atid’s president entered politics.