"If we'd had a mutual defense treaty, Syria would have nukes"

Former DM dismisses report Netanyahu, Trump negotiating mutual defense treaty as 'political spin.'

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Moshe Ya'alon
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Former Defense Minister and Blue and White party leader Moshe Ya'alon dismissed reports that the Israeli government and the Trump Administration were considering signing a mutual defense treaty.

"If we'd had such had a treaty in effect a few years ago, we wouldn't have been able to bomb the Syrian nuclear reactor, as president Bush was against the action. I was happy to hear Trump explaining that 'it will be discussed later', and we were shown that it's simply a political spin," Ya'alon told Galai Tzahal (Army Radio).

US President Donald Trump spoke Saturday with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a mutual defense treaty between the United States and Israel.

Trump tweeted that the treaty "would further anchor the tremendous alliance" between the two countries.

"I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month!" Trump tweeted.

"Thank you my dear friend President Trump," Netanyahu tweeted. "The Jewish State has never had a greater friend in the White House. I look forward to our meeting at the UN to advance a historic Defense Treaty between the United States and Israel.

"Together, we will continue full steam ahead with our common battle against terrorism. Congratulations on your latest success against Bin Laden’s son. God bless America. God bless Israel."