Embattled Netanyahu Looks To Trump For Greater US Involvement In Syria

Trailed by legal woes Benjamin Netanyahu to meet 'true friend' Donald Trump

The news cast a shadow over talks that Netanyahu, the dominant Israeli politician of his generation, was due to hold later in the day with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Trump's decision past year to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital pleased Netanyahu's government and the president's attendance at the embassy opening would be a significant gesture.

East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967 and the Palestinian leadership has outright rejected a mediating role for the USA after the move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement unless European allies help "fix" it with a follow-up accord. During that time, Walla's coverage notably changed to favor the Netanyahu family, and Bezeq was given permission, among other things, to buy the satellite television provider Yes, overriding antitrust issues, and to renege on its commitment to lease out its infrastructure to telecom competitors, so they could provide competing fixed line and internet services.

Meanwhile, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and point man on the Middle East, has had his security clearance downgraded amid revelations about potential conflicts of interest. Amid reports of deepening White House chaos, Trump is facing an intensifying investigation over his election campaign's alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

US President Donald Trump may visit Jerusalem this coming May for the opening of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem.

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Trump said he believed the Palestinians are "wanting to come back to the table very badly" - but did not expand on that claim. It came out of this nuclear deal emboldened, enriched.

Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not accept a peace agreement brokered by Trump.

In recent months, he has warned that Israel will retaliate against Iran for what he says is an Iranian military buildup along Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon.

Friday's session with Netanyahu was the eighth time since January 2017 that the right-wing premier had been questioned over a string of corruption allegations that threaten to end his long tenure.

But even with an embrace from Trump, and an expected warm welcome at the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC's annual conference on Tuesday, Netanyahu will have a hard time escaping the growing scandals back home. His wife, Sara, who was simultaneously questioned at a different location, is also a suspect in one of the investigations. Sunday at Blair House, Kushner met with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Assistant to the President Jason Greenblatt, and Ambassador David Friedman.

Israeli police have recommended indicting Mr Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases.

So far, Netanyahu has the support of his coalition partners who have said they will wait for the attorney general's decision.

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