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Scoop: Netanyahu tells Greece, Cyprus that Trump will keep heat on Turkey

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the foreign ministers of Greece and Cyprus during meetings in Jerusalem last month that he doesn't see President Trump reducing the pressure on Turkey over the arrest of American pastor Andrew Brunson or an improvement in U.S.-Turkey relations in the near future, Israeli officials and Western diplomats told me.

Why it matters: Greece and Cyprus are two of Turkey's main adversaries. Israel has its own crisis with Turkey after the government in Ankara asked the Israeli ambassador to leave the country over violence in Gaza. And Netanyahu played a role in Trump's efforts to release Brunson when he agreed to Trump's request to release a Turkish citizen detained in Israel. As a result of the deal, which didn't lead to Brunson's release and led to U.S. sanctions against Turkey, Netanyahu has good knowledge of Trump's thinking on the issue.

Outcome of Macedonia's name change referendum unclear

Supporters of a boycott for the name-change referendum celebrate in front of the Parliament in Skopje on Sunday. Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of a boycott for the name-change referendum celebrate in front of the Parliament in Skopje on Sunday. Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

Macedonia's citizens overwhelmingly approved a proposal that would change the country's name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia but low turnout due to a boycott by the measure's opponents could threaten its validity, reports the AP.

The details: The Macedonian Constitution requires a minimum turnout of 50% of eligible voters for the referendum be valid, but turnout hovered around 36% after more than 90% of polling stations had reported even as Prime Minister Zoran Zaev hailed the referendum's success. The deal could settle a long-standing diplomatic dispute with its neighbor Greece — potentially paving the way for Macedonia's entry to the EU and NATO.