After eight years of receiving the cold shoulder, Prime Minister Netanyahu is prepared to work with President Trump and make up for lost time.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a tweet yesterday praising President Trump for his commitment to America’s closest ally. “Under your leadership,
@realDonaldTrump, the alliance between the United States and Israel has never been stronger,” Netanyahu wrote.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Trump and Netanyahu met in New York on Monday to discuss their nations’ shared goals of countering the influence of Iran in the Middle East and improving the conditions for peace in the Palestine-Israel conflict.
“Such an honor to have my good friend, Israel PM
@Netanyahu, join us w/ his delegation in NYC this afternoon,” Trump tweeted after the meeting.
The world leaders “discussed their continued cooperation across a range of issues and stressed their goals of countering Iran’s malign influence in the region and resolving the Syria crisis in a manner consistent with American and Israeli security interests,” according to a statement released by the White House.
Trump regularly railed against former President Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal during the 2016 presidential election. Since taking office, President Trump has stepped up investigations of Iranian facilities. Another investigation is scheduled for October. However, Iran has not technically violated the one-sided agreement, preventing Trump from ending the arrangement outright.
Netanyahu was an outspoken critic of Obama’s Iran deal, and in March 2015, he delivered an address during a joint session of Congress chastising the former President for aiding Iran in their quest for nuclear power.
“Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated — he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn’t exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed,” Netanyahu explained.
“But Iran’s regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem,” he added. “The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran’s regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel but also the peace of the entire world.”
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However, Netanyahu’s cries fell on deaf ears, and the Obama administration continued with the Iran deal despite the objections of America’s closest ally.
During their meeting, Trump and Netanyahu “also discussed their continuing efforts to achieve an enduring Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the optimism in the region about peace, and expanding economic opportunities to improve conditions for peace,” The White House statement explained, without providing additional details.
Trump last met with Netanyahu when he traveled to Israel in May. Both Trump and Netanyahu are lobbying for a peaceful resolution to the occupation of Palestine, but their plan is unlikely to receive any support from neighboring Arab nations unless Israel agrees to end their settlement program.