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Bibi Hails 'Welcome Change' of US Leadership

PM Netanyahu and James Mattis, April 21, 2017 (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Today, PM Netanyahu is hosting American Secretary James Mattis of Defense in Jerusalem. The Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu noted the change in America's policies toward Israel, while Mattis said that Washington is committed to "doing whatever it takes to pass on peace and freedom to the next generation":

Hosting Mattis in Jerusalem, Netanyahu — whose relationship with former US president Barack Obama was frequently frosty — hailed the Pentagon chief’s “strong and forthright words” on Iran, and US President Donald Trump’s “very forthright deeds” in launching a strike on a Syrian airbase following a chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime.

“We sense a great change in the direction of American policy,” Netanyahu told Mattis at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.

“This has been appreciated around the world and in our region. I think this is a welcome change, a strategic change of American leadership and American policy,” Netanyahu said...

In his remarks alongside the prime minister, Mattis referenced Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will be marked on Sunday at sundown through Monday evening.

“I think it’s important that we remind ourselves that if good people don’t band together then bad people can do a lot of damage in this world,” Mattis said. “And we’re committed to stopping that and doing whatever it takes to pass on peace and freedom to the next generation.”

“The two dangers that face Israel and all of the other nations in the region that are trying to maintain a stable and peaceful and prosperous region are those that I’m here to discuss with the prime minister, especially the week before Holocaust remembrance,” he said...

Tags: Netanyahu , US-Israel Relations

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