File - In this May 23, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the Israel museum in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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An Israeli Cabinet minister has said relations with U.S. President Donald Trump take priority over condemning neo-Nazis, to justify Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's muted response to events in Charlottesville.Ayoub Kara, the communications minister and a vocal Netanyahu supporter, said in remarks published Friday in the Jerusalem Post that backing Trump was a strategic must for Israel's right-wing government.Netanyahu regularly speaks out against anti-Semitism in other countries, but the U.S. is Israel's best ally, providing it with more than $3 billion per year in defense aid as well as key diplomatic backing.
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