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President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone Monday, the White House confirmed.
The two leaders discussed the recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S., including bomb threats and cemetery vandalism.
“PM Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for @POTUS's strong statement against anti-Semitism during his speech before Congress last week,” Netanyahu spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted Monday.
PM Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for @POTUS's strong statement against anti-Semitism during his speech before Congress last week.— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) March 6, 2017
Trump and Netanyahu also “spoke at length about the dangers posed by the nuclear deal with Iran and by Iran's malevolent behavior in the region” and discussed collaboration to counter Iran’s influence in the region, according to the Israeli official.
The White House has not yet released its own account of the conversation.
Trump is trying to form a closer relationship with Netanyahu after a frosty one between the prime minister and former President Obama.
Trump hosted the Israeli leader at the White House last month. Netanyahu was among the first foreign leaders to visit with Trump since he was inaugurated on Jan. 20.
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