What gives the visit the potential to be a defining moment is that this is not the way the US tends to talk about Israel.
Netanyahu should focus on the current turmoil in Israel before meddling with Washington's affairs and managing the US-Israel relationship.
"We oppose settlement expansion, legalization of outpost, annexation"
Blinken sat down with leaders of grassroots organizations at the Israeli-Palestinian arts center Feel Beit, a cross point between Jerusalem's Jewish and Arab neighborhoods.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with both Israel's Defense Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on Tuesday morning.
Foreign Minister Eli Cohen told Blinken when the two met that he planned to visit Kyiv in the near future.
Israel at present bans most Palestinian travel through Ben-Gurion for security reasons, even in cases where the Palestinians hold US passports.
Seven people have been killed and three injured in a Friday night terror attack in the religious Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov.
This joint exercise is expected to be one of the largest joint military exercises ever between Israel and the United States.
The relationship between Israel and the US is based on more than business ties, intelligence sharing and military cooperation.