The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

THERE was a good rea­son why Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and Barack Obama side­lined their well­known an­tipa­thy in this meet­ing: ul­ti­mately, Is­rael and the US share crit­i­cal strate­gic in­ter­ests in the Mid­dle East.

In a brief­ing hosted by Bi­com, Dr Jonathan Ryn­hold, se­nior re­searcher at the Be­gin-Sa­dat Cen­tre for Strate­gic Stud­ies at Bar-Ilan Univer­sity said that “de­spite the bad per­sonal re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ne­tanyahu and Obama, in­tel­li­gence co-op­er­a­tion be­tween Is­rael and the US has never been more in­ti­mate and I ex­pect that to con­tinue”.

For this rea­son, he said, ev­ery­body wanted this to be a good meet­ing “in which the pub­lic mes­sage which goes out is that the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween the US and Is­rael re­mains as ro­bust and as strong as ever”.

Mr Ryn­hold ex­plained: “In part that will be to do with Is­rael’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties in be­ing able to mon­i­tor the Iran deal; it will also be about re­gional co-op­er­a­tion against Iran’s sup­port for ter­ror­ism and for fund­ing terror. The Amer­i­cans will want Is­rael’s help and there’s agree­ment in a broad sense on try­ing to com­bat Ira­nian ef­forts to desta­bilise the re­gion.”

Two is­sues that re­main more open to de­bate, he said, are what to do about Syria and the terms of Is­rael’s in­sur­ance pol­icy re­gard­ing the Iran deal.

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