Dec 20, 2018 - World

Netanyahu and Trump speak again on Syria pullout

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today on the phone with President Trump about the U.S. decision to pull forces out of Syria.

  • Why it matters: This was the second call between Netanyahu and Trump this week on Syria, following Trump's call to brief Netanyahu on his upcoming withdrawal announcement. Israeli officials tell me Netanyahu is very disappointed by Trump's decision but is careful not to say it publicly.
  • Netanyahu's office says he and Trump discussed increasing cooperation against Iranian aggression. Earlier today, Netanyahu said at a meeting with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts, attended by U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, that Israel would increase its efforts to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria "with full support and backing from the U.S."
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