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Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu calls US leaders to meet for ‘first time’

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Israel’s prime minister has called US leaders for a first meeting after Donald Trump’s speech on the world stage, describing the US president as a “man of peace”.

Speaking to Israeli media ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, Netanyahu said Trump’s remarks on Israel’s relationship with the United States were a “complete betrayal of our values”.

“We call on President Trump to come to Israel and speak to our people,” Netanyahu said.

“The world should know that our values are strong and our values have always been our foundation.”

Trump, who will address the assembly in New York on Monday, criticised Netanyahu for failing to condemn the recent killing of two Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank.

“He should have done it a long time ago,” Trump said in a tweet on Monday.

“We will see what happens after this speech.”

Netanyahu said that Trump’s words and actions showed the US was a country which was “at war with the world” and had a “destabilising” policy.

“His rhetoric is not a threat to us,” he said.US-Israel relations are at an all-time low.

Trump, a Republican, is the first sitting US president to visit Israel since the 1967 Six Day War, and has been criticised for not publicly condemning the Israeli government’s settlement building policy.

On Monday, Trump tweeted that the US would move the embassy to Jerusalem.

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