Wooing Netanyahu to gain high office

The Washington Post reports, ‘Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu behind closed doors here on Sunday. Trump’s meeting at Trump Tower lasted more than an hour, Israeli officials said. Clinton and Netanyahu met for about 50 minutes at a hotel in Manhattan . . .

Secretary Clinton stressed that a strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance and pluralism,” the aide said. “She reaffirmed her unwavering commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship and her plan to take our partnership to the next level.”. . .

The real estate mogul [Donald Trump] has spoken in favor of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, although he has not presented a clear position on what his preferred outcome would be. Earlier this year, he said that he would be “neutral” in any negotiations between the two sides, but he has since stated that neutrality would be difficult and that such a deal would have to favor Israel’s interests. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a trusted campaign adviser, and Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, attended the meeting . . . Trump came under fire again from Jewish leaders and donors after he refused to condemn an anti-Semitic image re-tweeted by his campaign on his official Twitter account. Kushner, who is Jewish, defended his father-in-law in an op-ed published in the New York Observer, of which he is the publisher. “My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite,” he wrote.’ click here.