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