Calls Netanyahu to Discuss Iranian ‘Aggression’
March 6, 2017
President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to
discuss the Iranian nuclear deal and the regime’s recent belligerent acts.
two leaders talked “at length” about the “dangers emanating from Iran and
Iranian aggression in the region and the need to work together to deal with
these threats,” according to a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office.
the phone call, Netanyahu thanked Trump for the warm welcome he received last
month in the White House.
prime minister also expressed his gratitude to the US president for his
“forceful statement against anti-Semitism,” during his speech last week to a
joint meeting of the US Congress.
to a readout from the White House, Netanyahu and Trump “discussed the need to
counter continuing threats and challenges facing the Middle East region.”
Prime Minister thanked the President for his comments at the beginning of his
speech before the Joint Session of Congress condemning anti-Semitism,” the
White House said in the statement.
came as Netanyahu was being questioned by police as part of a
corruption investigation. Investigators gave the prime minister a half-hour
break to speak with Trump.
telephone conversation between Trump and Netanyahu on Monday came following a
report that Iran had test fired a pair of
ballistic missiles over the weekend.
American naval vessel was also harassed by fast Iranian speed boats in the
Strait of Hormuz on Monday, US officials said.
a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem Monday morning marking 25 years
since the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Netanyahu told
diplomats that the vast majority of security threats against the Jewish state
came from Iran.
is the greatest generator of terrorism in the world in the world and we need to
to fight this terror because it is just one arm of Iranian aggression, which
also seeks nuclear weapons and advances its ballistic missiles program,” he
month, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on a number of entities
connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program and warned the Islamic Republic
it had been “put
on notice” and that it was “playing with fire.”
his inauguration in January, Trump has adopted a much more hawkish stance toward
Iran that his predecessor, which has been largely welcomed by Israeli government
officials, who view Iran as one of its greatest external threats.
Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Monay the US
had not decided how it would approach the nuclear deal, after meeting with US
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
the campaign trail, Trump promised several times to dismantle the nuclear deal
lifting sanctions in exchange for enrichment curbs and increased oversight,
which he derided as one the of the worst pacts ever reached.
his visit to the White House in February, Netanyahu thanked Trump for his
“long overdue” confrontational stance toward Iran, while saying that he
looked forward to working with the US president to “roll back Iran’s
aggression and danger.”
who has long railed against Iran, said on
Sunday that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow
on Thursday will focus largely on Iran and in particular its attempts to
“entrench itself permanently in Syria” and “to establish a front against
us in the Golan Heights.”
Israeli statement did not say if the two discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace
efforts or settlement building. Earlier on Monday, Defense Minister Avigdor
Liberman said the TRump administration had sent a clear warning against Israeli
annexation of West Bank land — a notion that has gained steam in far-right
Israeli circles since Trump’s election.
received a direct message — not an indirect message and not a hint — from
the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean
an immediate crisis with the new administration,” Liberman said, shortly
before departing for a working visit to the US.
week, Netanyahu was quoted by local media as telling a closed meeting that his
attempts to coordinate settlement construction with the U.S. were “not as
simple as you think they are.” His office declined requests for comment.
officials, meanwhile, have barely had contact with the new administration.
Shaath, President Mahmoud Abbas’ foreign relations adviser, said the US
position “regarding settlements on the Palestinian lands is not clear to
need to hear from the US administration, from President Trump, directly about
his positions,” he said.
Revivi, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha settlers Council, said he was
“waiting patiently” for what he expects to be a favorable agreement between
Israel and the White House on permissible settlement construction.
understand that it’s taking a bit longer than what may have been anticipated
by some of my peers,” Revivi said. But he said Trump “seems to be a man of
his word… We are still relying on what he promised.”