File - In this May 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a joint statement in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under mounting pressure Thursday to speak out against President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic outpouring in Charlottesville, Virginia.Netanyahu's near silence on the march staged by anti-Semitic white nationalists – and Trump's assertion that "both sides" were responsible for the violence – appears to reflect the Israeli leader's desire to remain in the good graces of the embattled U.S. president.After clashing with President Barack Obama for eight years, Netanyahu welcomed the election of Trump, and he has worked to cultivate a strong relationship with the White House.In the process, Gilboa said, Netanyahu is pushing American Jews further away.Lawmaker Shelly Yachimovich, a former Israeli opposition leader, came out swinging against Netanyahu for not speaking out against Trump.American Jewish leaders have expressed deep disappointment with Trump.
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