Israeli PM: Trump and I have ‘great sense of kinship’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showered praise on President Trump Thursday, saying the two men share “a great sense of kinship.”

“There’s a very strong alliance, and I’m not going to start rating presidents,” he told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren. “I will tell you, though, that I had a very, very warm meeting with President Trump.”

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“There was a great sense of kinship and friendship, and I think that is something that the people of America feel towards us, the people of Israel,” he continued. “And I assure you the people of Israel feel deeply about America.”

The Israeli prime minister’s warm comments about Trump follow eight years of a relatively adversarial relationship with former President Obama, who clashed with Netanyahu on a number of issues including an international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program.

Trump and Netanyahu held a news conference at the White House on Wednesday, where Trump told the Israeli leader to “hold back on settlements a little bit,” and said he would support either a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.