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Bibi: Iranian Threat, Peace Process to Be Focus of US Visit

Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu board plane to America, February 13, 2017 (Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to the United States to meet with the new administration for the first time since the January inauguration. Israel Hayom reports that Netanyahu will discuss both the threat posed by Iran, as well as the ongoing peace process:

Netanyahu outlined the three primary issues he plans to discuss with Trump: coordination and pressure regarding Iran; a demand to prevent an Iranian presence in Syria under any arrangement between the U.S. and Russia; and the Palestinian issue.

"This is a very important meeting for Israel's security in its international standing. Ahead of the meeting, I'm holding many talks with members of the defense establishment, the National Security Council, and the Foreign Ministry. I heard and understand that there is great excitement ahead of the meeting motivated by all sorts of different things, but I only have one motive -- Israel's national interest. This demands responsible, considered policy and that's how I intend to behave. I have steered Israeli-U.S. relations wisely and that's what I'll do now," Netanyahu told the ministers.

The prime minister went on to discuss the blocked appointment of former Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad as U.N. envoy to Libya, saying, "A few days ago, people brought up the possible appointment of Salam Fayyad to a role in the U.S. I said that it was time for mutuality in Palestinian-Israeli relations, and that the Palestinians can't always be given free boons. It's time for the Israeli side to be granted status and appointments, too."

Netanyahu is expected to remain in the U.S. until Friday. Aside from his meeting with Trump, which will be held on Wednesday, the prime minister will also meet Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and various senators...

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