Report: Netanyahu asks Trump to keep Saudi Arabia ties despite journalist's murder

Netanyahu and other Middle East leaders like Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi argued that Bin Salman is "an important strategic partner in the region".

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
November 1, 2018 19:45
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Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump speaking at UN Security Council, Spetember 26, 2018. (photo credit: GPO PHOTO DEPARTMENT)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached out in recent days to senior members of the Trump administration and asked that the United States support the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman despite the controversy surrounding his involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Netanyahu and other Middle East leaders like Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi  argued that Bin Salman is "an important strategic partner in the region".

The paper also revealed that Bin Salman held a phone call with President Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton and Jared Kushner, describing Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist and member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The call was held just days after Khashoggi disappeared and before the kingdom acknowledged killing him. 

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