Netanyahu warmly praises Trump administration in AIPAC video feed

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves to the crowd before she speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference held at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, March 27, 2017.

"David, I look forward to welcoming you warmly to Israel, and especially to Jerusalem", he said, in an oblique reference to the administration's stated aim to relocating the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. America, he said, will no longer tolerate Iran's efforts to destabilise the region and jeopardise Israel's security.

Netanyahu has made clear his preference for Trump over Obama and he referred in his remarks to his meeting with Trump last month in Washington. And that should be a warning to right-wing defenders of Israel who nevertheless adhere to Trump's nationalistic, xenophobic America First policy: We can not be a good friend to Israel if we do not remain engaged in the world and reject moral relativism.

Finally, Pence reassured the audience that Trump "is also invested in finding an equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".

Meanwhile, 79 percent of Israelis believe Jerusalem must be unified under Israeli control, in contradiction to longstanding global peace negotiations and worldwide law, Palestinian news agency Ma'an said in a report covering the findings of the poll. "Just a few weeks ago, the president dispatched Jason Greenblatt - his special representative for global negotiations - to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories and to bring a message that President Trump is committed to forging a last [ing] peace in the Middle East".

Netanyahu repeated his call to the Palestinians to "Recognize the Jewish state".

The measures, unveiled ahead of the opening of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, seek to build consensus among Republicans and Democrats who are so often bitterly at odds on domestic issues. Israeli leaders, in turn, have expressed confidence.

As Netanyahu spoke to the AIPAC conference by video from Jerusalem, White House envoy Jason Greenblatt was headed to Jordan to attend an Arab summit, according to a USA official who wasn't authorized to discuss the trip publicly and requested anonymity.

This year's event, which featured devoted pro-Israel leadership in office, was a stark contrast to what took place last year. Though he spoke in general terms about regional peace, the prime minister did not restate his belief in a two-state solution for Israel to exist alongside an independent Palestinian state. -Israeli talks ended last Thursday without agreement.



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