Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in New York in September. (Kobi Gideon/Flash90) (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Trump and Netanyahu

After a “very warm conversation,” Trump invited Netanyahu to Washington to discuss close cooperation in a number of areas, including Iran’s nuclear program and the renewal of peace talks with the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone to US President Donald Trump Sunday evening in what was described by the Prime Minister’s Office as a “very warm conversation.”

Netanyahu expressed his desire to work closely with the American leader and to forge a common vision to advance peace and security in the region, “with no daylight between the United States and Israel,” the PMO said.

The discussion was focused on the Iran nuclear deal and a resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, among other issues.

Trump “affirmed his unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security and stressed that countering ISIL and other radical Islamic terrorist groups will be a priority for his Administration,” the statement said, using the alternative acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group.” according to a White House statement.

“The President emphasized that peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Israel to make progress towards that goal.”

“Trump also stressed “the importance the United States places on our close military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between our countries. The President and the Prime Minister agreed to continue to closely consult on a range of regional issues, including addressing the threats posed by Iran.”

Trump invited Netanyahu to come to Washington for a meeting next month. A final date for the visit will be set in the coming days.

By: United with Israel Staff

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