Blinken and Netanyahu held a joint press conference in Jerusalem today where both reasserted their shared commitment to "common goals of peace, security and prosperity."
Netanyahu thanked President Biden for "firmly supporting Israel's right to self-defense" during the recent war with Hamas. He credited Blinken for having supported the development and procurement of Israel's Iron Dome.
He also warned that "if Hamas breaks the calm and attacks Israel, our response will be very powerful."
Netanyahu then addressed the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, saying "I hope that the United States will not go back to the old [agreement]. We believe that the deal paves the way for Iran to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons with international legitimacy."
He added that "Israel will always reserve the right to fight regimes committed to getting weapons of mass destruction."
Netanyahu discussed improving humanitarian conditions in Gaza and economic growth in the West Bank with international cooperation and participation, while reasserting Israel's demand for the return of bodies of Israeli soldiers and civilians who are being held captive by Hamas.
Regarding a formal peace agreement with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said that "[he] couldn't agree more with President Biden" that peace will not be achieved until Israel is recognized as "an independent Jewish state."