In Phone Call, Trump and Netanyahu Talk Middle East 'Developments' and Iran Threat

On Tuesday, Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman who asked that the U.S. further promote the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018
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U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday, said the White House. According to the administration's readout of the conversation, Trump wanted to "address recent developments in the Middle East."

He also "reiterated the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security." The White House added that "the two leaders agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran’s malign influence and destabilizing activities."

Trump spoke earlier on Tuesday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who asked the President to promote the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and emphasized Saudi Arabia's support for the creation a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Trump and the Saudi king also discussed the situation in Yemen and Iran's activities across the Middle East.

Trump's team handling the Israel/Palestinian territories portfolio has yet to show signs of giving up on reaching “the ultimate deal." They insist an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is still on the agenda - and claim it could surprise skeptics.