Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have a longstanding relationship dating back to 1976, according to an article published Sunday in The New York Times.

Romney and Netanyahu both worked as corporate advisers at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and attended the same weekly firm sessions.

The shared history has led to a warm friendship, which included joint meals in Boston, New York and Jerusalem, the article reported.

A network of mutual friends and their common conservative ideologies have further drawn the two politicians together, it said.

When Netanyahu wanted to incentivize pension funds to divest from Iran-connected businesses, Romney advised him on which US officials to go to. When Romney, as the Massachusetts governor, wanted to shrink his government’s size, Netanyahu suggested ideas from his personal experience, according to the report.

“We can almost speak in shorthand,” Romney said in an interview with the Times. “We share common experiences and have a perspective and underpinning which is similar.”

Netanyahu attributed their “easy communication” to what he called “BCG’s intellectually rigorous boot camp,” he told the Times through an aide.

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