Netanyahu, Trump Discuss ‘Regional Issues’ After Iranian Attack on US Base

9 January, 2020   |   5 months ago

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone on Wednesday with President Donald Trump after Iran bombed a US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Iraq in response to the US’ assassination of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) General Qassem Soleimani.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The two leaders discussed critical bilateral and regional issues”, the White House stated.

No further details were provided.

The Prime Minister’s Office did comment on the conversation.

Netanyahu spoke to Secretary of State Pompeo twice in the past week.

“For far too long nations have tolerated Iran’s destructive and destabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond.  Those days are over.  Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism, and their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world.  We will never let that happen,” Trump stated earlier in the day.

He further stated that the US will “immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.  These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior.”

“Peace and stability cannot prevail in the Middle East as long as Iran continues to foment violence, unrest, hatred, and war.  The civilized world must send a clear and unified message to the Iranian regime: Your campaign of terror, murder, mayhem will not be tolerated any longer.  It will not be allowed to go forward,” he added.