President Donald Trump penned a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently, thanking him for his support following Trump’s United Nations address in September, and pledging to work together with Israel to confront Iran over its nuclear program.
According to a report by Channel 10, Prime Minister Netanyahu first revealed the letter at a meeting with senior Likud officials on Sunday.
In the letter, President Trump singles out Israel as “one of the few countries in the world” which expressed support for the president’s September address at the United Nations, in which he warned the US may be forced to go to war against the North Korean regime, and urged world leaders to confront Iran over its nuclear program and human rights abuses.
"It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room. The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of democracy,” the president said at the UN General Assembly.
Israel, along with Iran’s Gulf state rivals and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were among the few nations to express support for Trump’s address, which marked a radical departure from the policy pursued by President Barack Obama.
“I thank you for your support,” Trump wrote to Netanyahu. “Together, we will confront Iran.”
Last month, President Trump again won praise from Israel and Iran’s Sunni rivals when he announced that he would decline to recertify Iranian compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The president is required to recertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days. Failure to do so sets in motion an automatic 60-day review period, during which Congress must determine whether it will reimpose sanctions lifted under the deal, or alter the sanctions regime.