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Talk about a Mutual Defense Pact ... perhaps just accept admission as 51st State of the Union? Get it over with ...

Trump discussed 'Mutual Defense Treaty' between Israel, U.S. with Netanyahu | JPost |

Israel and the United States are discussing a mutual defense pact, US President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Trump's tweet comes three days ahead of Israel's election on Tuesday. Haaretz reported last week that Netanyahu is looking for a dramatic gesture from the US president that would return him to office following the September 17 poll.

Netanyahu responded using the official Prime Minister of Israel twitter account, saying, "Thank you my dear friend President @realDonaldTrump. 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," he concluded.

While the idea of a US-Israel defense pact has been discussed on and off for several decades, it has re-emerged in recent months.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) broached the proposal in June at a dinner hosted by the Endowment for Middle East Truth, saying he wanted Israel to be added to the list of countries with which the US has treaty obligations.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sat Sep 14th, 2019 at 06:46:47 PM EST
Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections  

Israel goes to the polls on Tuesday. Trump's tweet appeared aimed at buttressing Netanyahu's effort to remain in power by showcasing his close ties to the White House.

Opinion polls predict a close race, five months after an election in which Netanyahu declared himself the winner but failed to put together a coalition government.

Netanyahu's Likud party is neck-and-neck with the centrist Blue and White party led by former armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who has focused heavily on corruption charges against Netanyahu.

Trump bolstered Netanyahu's candidacy when he recognized Israel's claim of sovereignty over the Golan Heights ahead of the elections earlier this year.

Some Israeli officials have promoted the idea of building on Netanyahu's strong ties to the Trump administration by forging a new defense treaty with the US, focused especially on guarantees of assistance in any conflict with Iran.

Some of Netanyahu's critics have argued that such an agreement could tie Israel's hands and deny it military autonomy.  

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Sep 15th, 2019 at 07:28:35 AM EST
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