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If I can, I will, but I'll be there again.

Asked if he would take part in the planned ceremony, which will coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence, Trump said: "I may, we'll be talking about that".

"We are very close in trade deals, we are very, very, close on military and terrorism and all the things we have to work together on".

Top-selling daily Yediot Aharonot said while Netanyahu was being questioned for five hours at his official Jerusalem residence, Sara was being grilled at national fraud squad headquarters near Tel Aviv. According to the police, Netanyahu and Mozes held talks over an "exchange deal", in which Netanyahu would receive favorable coverage in Yediot Aharonot in return for promoting a law and other measures that would limit the distribution of Israel Hayom, Yedioth's main rival.

The Israeli prime minister then commented on the chance for Middle East peace, stressing the importance of seizing the current opportunity.

Trump's push to change or scrap Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and concerns over Tehran's foothold in Syria topped the agenda of his talks with Netanyahu, U.S. and Israeli officials said.

"Iran has not given up its nuclear ambitions", he said.

Israeli officials are concerned Trump may not demand enough, particularly on Iran's ballistic missile program, and are wary the administration may be acquiescing to Iran's growing presence in Syria and influence in Lebanon - two Israeli neighbors.

Netanyahu thanked Trump for taking action on Jerusalem. "That is our common challenge".

Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement unless European allies help "fix" it with a follow-up accord.

Both Trump and Netanyahu entered their White House meeting under heavy political pressure domestically.

But even with an embrace from Trump, and an expected warm welcome at the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC's annual conference on Tuesday, Netanyahu will have a hard time escaping the growing scandals back home.

Trump is dealing with low approval ratings and criticism on issues like immigration and tariffs.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE said Monday he may travel to Israel in May to attend the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

"Under your leadership, it's never been stronger", he told Trump. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), on a recent trip to Israel.

Graham also called USA policy in Syria "a complete mess". Israel sees Trump's efforts to crack down on its archenemy as lacking. The cost of an expansion likely would run in the hundreds of millions of dollars, based on construction costs for USA embassies around the world. Speaking with reporters, Trump claimed he would reduce the expense for the embassy project from $1 billion to "about $250,000".

"This is a routine check-in meeting", one US official said of Netanyahu's second visit to the Trump White House.

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