Clinton Meets With Israel’s Netanyahu

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Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Sunday, after Republican nominee Donald Trump met with him and said Jerusalem is the country’s undivided capital.

They will discuss U.S.-Israeli relations ahead of her Monday night debate against Trump. The U.S.’s former top diplomat is expected to defend her stance supporting President Barack Obama’s Iran deal.

Clinton has consistently referenced her foreign policy credentials as a reason why people should vote her. Despite her time as secretary of state, Netanyahu has been against the Obama administration’s negotiations and subsequent deal with Iran, which is meant to stop the country from developing nuclear weapons.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, Clinton’s former colleague, is opposed to the deal. The Democratic nominee’s replacement in the Senate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, favors the deal. Only 62.6 percent of Iranians approved of the deal in June 2016, compared to the 75.5 percent that favored it in August 2015 when it was signed.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has been a sticking point in U.S.-Israeli relations. Trump wants to renegotiate the agreement with Iran as soon as he gets into office. During his own meeting with Netanyahu Sunday, Trump offered to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to make it clear that the U.S. recognizes Israel’s capital.

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