In their first meeting since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lavished praise on the American leader, saying that his decision will be one to remember "through the ages".
President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington.
Netanyahu said Iran was a common challenge both the US and Israel have to deal with because the country hasn't given up its nuclear visions.
"I've been here for almost four decades seeking to build the American-Israel alliance".
Hefetz told his confidants that Netanyahu "took decisions on security matters under the significant influence of members of his family and others close to him, primarily his son, Yair", the TV channel said.
Trump's plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this year has brought the two leaders closer together, but it has also infuriated Palestinians and was condemned by 128 states in a United Nations General Assembly vote in December.
Trump upset allies and roiled the Arab world past year by announcing that the USA was moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump offered no hint of concern at appearing alongside the scandal-plagued Netanyahu.
"They've been friends for a long time", Trump said of Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, who accompanied her husband to Washington and is also a suspect in one of the police investigations. Netanyahu, whose relationship with Trump has been among the closest of any world leader, 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.
Trump reiterated that argument Monday and added, "So this gives us a real opportunity to (achieve) peace".
Tom Perez accuses Trump, Republicans of 'holding Dreamers hostage' as deadline passes
DACA protects from deportation an estimated 700,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as minors by their parents. Another shutdown looms, though, with March 23 being the deadline for Congress to pass another spending bill.
The decision caused uproar in the Arab world and led Palestinian leaders to reject a United States role in mediating a resolution to the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which Trump has repeatedly labeled as "fake news". "It came out of this nuclear deal emboldened and enriched".
On Friday, Netanyahu was questioned by Israeli detectives about his role in a case involving Nir Hefetz, the man Israeli media refer to as Netanyahu's "spin doctor".
Hefetz was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of helping promote regulation worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Israel's Bezeq telecom company in return for favorable coverage of Netanyahu and his family by the company's popular news website. Netanyahu said he has made his position clear. But the now-frozen agreement had provided, among other clauses, for permanent oversight of such a pavilion by a panel including representatives of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism - a provision opposed by Israeli ultra-Orthodox leaders, including the two ultra-Orthodox parties in Netanyahu's coalition.
Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing and has not been named a suspect in the case. A warm welcome at the White House, and a speech to a receptive audience at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee - AIPAC - conference, could distract momentarily from the graft allegations.
The two will hold talks and sit down to a working lunch before Netanyahu speaks later in the week at the annual conference of the powerful pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.
The crowd loudly applauded her account of how the United States announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, the U.N. heritage agency that she accused of a history of bias against Israel. We'll see how it works out.
"There will be a prayer space for all denominations at the Kotel", he said, using the Hebrew name for the holy site in Jerusalem's Old City.
On the eve of the session, Guatemala joined the United States in announcing that it will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.