(photo credit: Reuters)
President Barack Obama on Monday wished Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu and the people of Israel a happy holiday ahead of the
beginning of Pessah. Last week, Obama also sent his "warmest wishes
to all those celebrating the sacred festival of Passover," comparing
Pessah's keystone liberation and freedom themes with the current changes
sweeping across the Middle East, the Chicago Sun-Times quoted a message
from the US president as saying.
Obama spoke to Netanyahu over the phone
Monday afternoon and told him he was also expected to attend a White
House Pessah Seder later in the evening with representatives of the
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their conversation, Netanyahu thanked Obama for the approval of a new
budget for the Iron Dome system, and the president expressed
satisfaction over the system proving effective against rocket fire from
Obama also expressed his gratitude to Netanyahu over the way he handled the recent escalation in Gaza.
The two leaders also discussed other political issues and are expected to be in contact again in the coming days.
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The US president associated the Pessah theme of liberation and freedom
to the recent "social transformation" occurring across the Middle East,
saying he prays for Israel and its neighbors, while "reaffirming our
enduring commitment to Israel's security."
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