US President Donald Trump may travel to Jerusalem for embassy opening

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu had a famously volatile relationship with Obama over nearly eight years, with the two clashing, sometimes publicly, over how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions and Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

"I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way", he said, "His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under siege from corruption investigations and other scandals back home, found a warm respite Monday at the White House at the start of a three-day USA visit expected to center on Iran, not the stalled Mideast peace process.

Netanyahu said the media overstated his tensions with former President Barack Obama, but also acknowledged he had better relations with Trump, who has embraced Netanyahu's rejection of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

"Today what is happening with us is what you call in the United States a cattle shoot trap", Mohammad Shtayyeh, an adviser to president Mahmud Abbas, told journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

In support of the Trump administration's decision to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December 2017, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said during a speech Sunday at AIPAC that Guatemala would also move its embassy to Jerusalem. "And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital".

The PLO recognised Israel officially in 1993, but Israel has yet to offer formal recognition of Palestine.

"The force behind so much of what is bad is this radical tyranny in Tehran", Netanyahu said at the annual event hosted by the pro-Israel lobbying group.

According to Rabinovich: "Trump has defined containing Iran as a major U.S. policy interest goal, but so far has done little in this regard". "I love you, too". I salute President Trump on this. "And as you just said, others talked about it; you did it".

Netanyahu said he and Trump always saw eye to eye, though he said he had managed to have positive relationships with Bill Clinton and Obama as well. "The President also emphasised his commitment to achieving a lasting peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians". Inspired by the same values, Netanyahu said, "America and Israel have forged an eternal bond that can never ever be broken".

The Palestinian leader added that the policies undertaken by Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu in the Palestinian Territories shows that "there is no Israeli peace partner".

He said American support for Israel had paid divine dividends. "There are specific things this administration will do that are things we will appreciate". As for Trump's long-anticipated peace proposal, Netanyahu said he "did not see a draft" during Monday's meeting. Most world powers, as well as the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, say the deal has successfully blocked Iran from obtaining, developing or building nuclear weapons. "Class?" The effect he wanted to create back home was clear - he wanted Israelis to conclude that American Jews love him, and ask themselves if they appreciate their PM enough.

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