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Netanyahu shares Syria concerns in call with Trump

(JTA) – President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke together by phone on Wednesday, April 4 regarding Trump’s announcement that he plans to pull all of the United States’ troops out of Syria, which lies on Israel’s northern border, within six months. According to a readout of the phone conversation released by the White House, of the leaders’ conversation “President Trump reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security and the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran’s malign influence and destabilizing activities.” The Associated Press reported, citing two unnamed U.S. officials, that the discussion between the two leaders “grew tense” over Israeli concerns that a U.S. withdrawal from Syria will allow Iran to increase its influence there.

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