In this handout photo made on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, provided by the Israeli Government Press Office, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hand with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York. (Kobi Gideon,GPO via AP)
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming White House visit aims to cement ties to a surprisingly supportive U.S. president – but it also presents a political minefield.Trump has signaled a vastly different approach to both issues, and in their Feb. 15 meeting, Netanyahu will likely be looking to reach understandings with the tycoon-turned-president.Netanyahu got a possible taste of the future what with his handling of Trump's proposed wall along the Mexican border.Shapiro said Netanyahu moved perilously close to involvement in U.S. affairs, apparently under pressure from Trump.Trump is no mainstream Republican, and his recent policy pronouncements could trigger backlashes from some of Netanyahu's most important constituencies.Trump's travel ban also threatens to upset Israel's Muslim minority, which has long had a rocky relationship with Netanyahu.Caught between a new U.S. president who shows little patience for critics and groups who fiercely oppose Trump, Netanyahu has kept noticeably silent.He needed to find the words to convey concern at the too-sweeping entry bans," Horovitz wrote.He also urged Netanyahu to assert some leadership.
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