“The horrific and deadly terror attack that occurred on September 11, 2001, changed the world,” Lapid tweeted.
“As we mark 20 years since that terrible day, I want to send a message to the people of the United States and those who seek to harm them. An attack on America, is an attack on us. America is our greatest friend and ally. An attack on our friends our friend is an attack on us,” he continued as quoted from Sputnik, Sunday (12/9/2021).
The US has been a strong ally of Israel for years. The Jewish state has enjoyed close military and economic ties with the US, playing an important role in promoting positive relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors, including Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, as well as several other countries in the Abrahamic Accords. The US has also frequently sided with Israel over its nuclear program and allegations of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
Overall US foreign policy in the Middle East is closely tied to the Jewish state. The United States Congress insists on maintaining a close and supportive relationship with Israel.
Former US president Donald Trump acted as a friend to the Middle Eastern nation during his tenure in the White House. Under Trump, the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, opening a consulate there on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. The Trump administration also became the first country to recognize Tel Aviv’s authority over the occupied Golan Heights.
Despite the controversy this decision has created, the Biden administration has continued the current bilateral relationship. However, during the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in May, some critics suggested that the White House’s response to the raging conflict be muted.