Netanyahu to talk with Trump about attending Jerusalem embassy opening

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Netanyahu to talk with Trump about attending Jerusalem embassy opening

President Donald Trump hosted Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday at the White House, where the embattled Israeli leader made the case for a stronger US response to Iranian military activity in Syria.

In exchange, police said Netanyahu operated on Milchan's behalf on USA visa matters, attempted to legislate tax breaks and sought to promote his interests in the Israeli media market. "And I know it was very much appreciated" said Trump.

As seven years of Syrian fighting approach a probable conclusion, Iran is trying to consolidate gains it achieved as Syrian President Basher al-Assad's chief on-the-ground ally.

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United States and Israeli officials said the agenda of Netanyahu's talks with Trump would be topped by the president's push to change or scrap Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and concerns over Tehran's foothold in Syria.

It's all contributing to an intensified pessimism in the U.S., Israel and the West Bank about prospects for a Trump-brokered initiative to succeed.

"I intend to discuss a series of issues with (Trump), but foremost Iran, its aggression, nuclear ambitions and aggressive actions in the Middle East, including along our very border", Netanyahu told reporters ahead of his visit, according to Reuters.

So far, partners in Mr Netanyahu's governing coalition have stood by him, saying they were awaiting the attorney-general's next moves. Many presidents were discussing whether or not to make that decision and they promised it in campaigns but were never able to do what they should have done. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". "It's a bonding thing".

The embattled USA president warmly welcomed the embattled Israeli prime minister, claiming ties between their two countries had "never been better" as he floated a May trip that would be a major security and diplomatic challenge.

Netanyahu left for Washington on Sunday to meet Trump who declared Jerusalem al-Quds as the so-called capital of Israel in December and announced plans to relocate the USA embassy to the occupied holy city.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, angered by Trump's Jerusalem move, has refused to engage with the United States on Middle East peace, prompting Trump to delay the rollout of peace proposals. They want USA and European commitments to punish Iran for work on medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel and Iran's Arab rivals.

As Netanyahu's legal entanglements mounted in recent weeks, Israel-Palestinian peace efforts became a stage for a rare sign of public friction between the two leaders.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied the allegations against him.

"The Palestinians, I think, are wanting to come back to the table", Trump said.

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