President Trump and PM Netanyahu Express Support for U.S.-Israel Mutual Defense Treaty

FILE – In this March 25, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump welcomes visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

President Donald Trump is expressing support for a U.S.-Israel mutual defense treaty as his ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, faces a tough re-election bid.

The president acknowledged in a Saturday tweet that he had discussed pursuing such a treaty with Netanyahu in advance of today’s election.

“I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance. … between our two countries,” the president tweeted. “I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month!”

Netanyahu responded with his own tweet, looking beyond the election.

“Thank you my dear friend President @realDonaldTrump,” he posted. “The Jewish State has never had a greater friend in the White House. I look forward to our meeting at the UN to advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel.”

Netanyahu, who was unable to form a coalition government after winning his fifth term in April, is facing a second vote today amid a potential corruption scandal.

According to the Associated Press, Netanyahu addressed a potential defense pact on Israeli television over the weekend, saying such a treaty would be “historic” and “great.” The article went on to question the effectiveness of such an accord since both countries are already so closely aligned, adding that the U.S. gives Israel more than $3 billion a year in military aid. The Washington Examiner, however, lists that amount at $4 billion.

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Source: Christian Headlines