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With Israel election in sight, Netanyahu stumps with Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold up a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as Netanyahu exits the White House from the West Wing in Washington, U.S. on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold up a proclamation recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights as Netanyahu exits the White House from the West Wing in Washington, U.S. on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Mr. Netanyahu has drawn inspiration from Mr. Trump, dismissing a corruption case against him as a “witch hunt.”

Israel’s prime minister has gotten a welcome lift from his friend in the White House as he finds himself in a tight race for re-election.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign speeches, billboards and social media videos all heavily feature President Donald Trump’s image, statements and pro-Israel actions as endorsements of the long-seated prime minister.

Mr. Netanyahu has drawn inspiration from Mr. Trump, dismissing a corruption case against him as a “witch hunt.” Also, his Likud party has launched a weekly webcast to counter what it claims is “fake news” broadcast by mainstream media.

For Mr. Netanyahu, the close ties with Mr. Trump are a welcome change after eight frosty years with the Obama administration, which repeatedly clashed with the prime minister over his policies toward the Palestinians and his opposition to the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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