FILE - In this March 5, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump and Netanyahu have had a mutually beneficial relationship unlike perhaps that of any previous leader of either country, with Trump’s surprise recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights just the most recent example. Trump’s precedent-breaking steps have boosted his own profile with pro-Israel groups in the U.S. and given a boost to Netanyahu at the height of campaigning in the unexpectedly tense Israeli election. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump, Israeli leader have mutually beneficial relationship

March 23, 2019 - 10:28 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — The surprise recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights by President Donald Trump is the latest example of a mutually beneficial relationship between Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Their friendship is apparently more pronounced than any previous one between leaders of the two nations and will be on display again this coming week when Netanyahu visits Washington.

For Trump, boosting Israel plays well with his political base, which is heavy with conservative Christians who see it as a top priority.

For Netanyahu, the Golan announcement and upcoming visit to Washington enhance his standing ahead of Israel's April 9 election.

Netanyahu will be in Washington for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference and will be hosted at the White House for a meeting and a dinner.

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