Netanyahu pledges to work with Trump on 'peace efforts'

Netanyahu made the pledge in a speech to the largest United States pro-Israel lobbying group at a time when the Trump administration is seeking agreement with his right-wing government on limiting illegal settlement construction on Palestinian land in the West Bank, part of a United States bid to resume long-stalled peace negotiations.

Addressing the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference in Washington on Monday via satellite, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his firm conviction that in the Trump era, the United States and Israel will team up to rein in Iranian aggression.

Pence also reiterated the administration's opposition of the deal the USA and five other nations struck with Iran during the administration of former President Barack Obama to curb the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.The vice president criticized what he called the "disastrous end" of economic sanctions that were put in place amid allegations Iran was working to develop nuclear weapons, which Iran has denied.

"I wear heels", Haley concluded her fiery address, "It's not for a fashion statement".

Now, President Donald Trump's administration seems to be taking major steps to fix the strained relationship with the United States' longstanding ally.

As the pro-Israel lobby's conference got underway in Washington, D.C., a crowd of hundreds, many of them young Jewish-American activists, protested in opposition to AIPAC's support of the Israeli government's stance on settlements.

Moreover, Haley also said that the US would not allow "Israel-bashing" at the United Nations.

Netanyahu has taken some reassurance from the fact that Trump's budget proposal safeguards every penny of Israel's $3.1 billion in USA assistance, even as it seeks to slash foreign aid overall.

He further strengthened his resolve and said that "the world will know this - America stands with Israel".

Haley drew several rounds of sustained applause and a standing ovation for brief remarks Monday in which she said she will not tolerate the rote criticism of Israel that she said has become commonplace at the United Nations. "Palestine and Israel living together in peace", saidAbbas. Despite Trump's image as an outsider and unconventional politician, the most conventional part of his administration's nascent foreign policy may be a return to the traditional bipartisan view of the Middle East, with the U.S. -Israel relationship as the dominant, stabilizing force and with U.S. support for stable (or semi-stable) non-radical Muslim states. "We have a lot of things to talk about, there are a lot of threats to peace and security, but you're not going to take our number one democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them", she said.

"The common dangers faced by Israel and many of our Arab neighbors now offer a rare opportunity to build bridges towards a better future", Netanyahu said. However, Pence reassured attendees that the administration is invested in finding an "equitable and just solution" to the conflict.

The President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas visited Brussels and met with European Union institutions heads and officials. Friedman is expected to work at least partially out of Jerusalem, where he has a home.

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  • Zachary Reyes