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06 March, 2018

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Netanyahu put Trump's decision in historical context, recalling Cyrus the Great's allowing the Jewish exiles to return to their homeland, the Lord Balfour proclamation, and President Harry Truman's decision to recognize the state of Israel.

Misgivings have also been percolating over Iran. Multiple aides and people close to Kushner have insisted the downgrade to a "secret" clearance won't affect his ability to work on Middle East issues. According to the police, Netanyahu and Mozes held talks over an "exchange deal", in which Netanyahu would receive favorable coverage in Yediot Aharonot in return for promoting a law and other measures that would limit the distribution of Israel Hayom, Yedioth's main rival.

"Trump administration officials led by Jared Kushner have spent this year drafting a proposal for Mideast peace. And we seek also to broaden that peace to the Palestinians". The administration has hinted they are close to revealing a plan. I will thank him first and foremost for his historic decision to relocate the U.S. Embassy [from Tel Aviv] to Jerusalem on Independence Day. The State Department announced recently that the embassy move would formally take effect on May 14, a far speedier timeline than originally expected.

Conspicuously low on the agenda is discussion of any possible "peace deal" with the Palestinians, which Trump has previously stated is a goal of his. During that time, Walla's coverage notably changed to favor the Netanyahu family, and Bezeq was given permission, among other things, to buy the satellite television provider Yes, overriding antitrust issues, and to renege on its commitment to lease out its infrastructure to telecom competitors, so they could provide competing fixed line and internet services.

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

A lot is on the table for the two leaders, most importantly, Iran's growing influence in the Middle East.

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The deal casts a long shadow on the visit of Netanyahu in Washington, where he is due to meet later Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump. European allies, which helped negotiate the accord, have resisted any efforts to alter its terms.

Netanyahu has also cautioned that Israel could act against Iran itself after an Iranian drone flew into Israel last month and an Israeli warplane was shot down while bombing air defences in Syria. Not surprisingly, Netanyahu's main focus will be the threat from Iran.

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, that will give him a respite from swirling legal troubles at home.

Referring to his friend "Donald", Netanyahu poured praise on the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

USA officials have said the cases are not expected to affect Netanyahu's talks, which include meetings with members of Congress.

Both Trump and Netanyahu entered their White House meeting under heavy political pressure domestically.


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