Projected US president-elect Joe Biden has pledged his deep commitment to Israel’s security in a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two men had “a warm conversation” on Tuesday in which Biden “reiterated his deep commitment to the State of Israel and its security”, an Israeli government statement said.

“The two agreed to meet soon to discuss the many issues that are pending and reaffirmed the need to continue to strengthen the strong alliance between the United States and Israel,” it read.

In contrast to earlier comments by Netanyahu, the statement referred to Biden as “president-elect” – despite sitting President Donald Trump’s ongoing legal challenge to the election process in several states and the fact that the vote count is not yet been complete.

While Biden has pledged to follow a different path to Trump’s ‘America First’ approach to foreign relations, political commentators and his own team have indicated little will change regarding the Middle East.