Trump may visit Israel for US Embassy opening

Aaron Brown
March 6, 2018

Mired in corruption investigations threatening his political survival, Netanyahu - questioned at his home by police on Friday - stepped into a different spotlight during his five-day USA visit.

Both leaders have long railed against the deal, citing its limited duration and the fact it does not cover Iran's ballistic missile program or its support for anti-Israel militants in the region.

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Trump has said he will end the agreement if Congress doesn't somehow "fix" it, but he has not yet taken that step. An Israeli official said Netanyahu and Trump were likely to talk about how to overcome European resistance on the matter. He has accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon, amid tensions along that border.

For all the warmth and bonhomie, misgivings are percolating under the surface over Iran, where Israel sees Trump's efforts to date to crack down on the Jewish state's arch-enemy as lacking.

Graham also called US policy in Syria "a complete mess". But with Russian Federation the dominant worldwide player in Syria, it is unclear what practical steps Washington could take to ease Israeli concerns.

Trump also spoke about when his administration's Middle East peace plan would be released, which has been under wraps for several months.

Trump's decision a year ago to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital pleased Netanyahu's government and the president's attendance at the embassy opening would be a significant gesture. I will also discuss with the President the advancement of peace.

Palestinian leaders have reacted to the change in decades-old U.S. policy on Jerusalem by rejecting Washington's traditional leadership of peace efforts.

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Netanyahu was effusive in his opening remarks.

"We have, I would say, probably the best relationships right now with Israel that we ever had", Trump said.

Netanyahu arrived in the United States over the weekend as Washington was gearing up for the annual conference of AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing, as Daniel has reported, and "he's questioned the motives of law enforcement, he's accused the media of a witch hunt". "The advancement of these subjects are important to Israel and important to the security of the entire world", Netanyahu said.

Trump said that construction of the new embassy was already underway and that he might visit the embassy once it was opened.

But in at least one big way, the uncertainty and strife at the White House could intersect with Netanyahu's visit: a central USA interlocutor on Middle East peace, senior adviser Jared Kushner, has had his access to top-secret information yanked amid a crackdown on interim security clearances.

On Friday, Israeli police questioned Netanyahu and his wife Sara for the first time in the investigation involving the telecom company Bezeq.

"We are very close in trade deals, we are very, very, close on military and terrorism and all the things we have to work together on".

So far, no other country has followed Washington's lead, despite calls from Israeli leaders to do so, and the decision has upended American efforts to negotiate a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal that has been made even more elusive after the declaration.

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