President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Under twin clouds of legal investigations, the leaders of the United States and Israel pledged Monday to further strengthen ties as President Donald Trump said he might travel to Jerusalem to preside over the May opening of a new U.S. embassy.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, Trump said his controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city had improved chances for ending the conflict, despite Palestinians' insistence otherwise.Trump said he was looking into the possibility of making his second trip to Jerusalem as president in mid-May, when the embassy is slated to move into a temporary location that is now an annex of the U.S. consulate."Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people throughout the ages," Netanyahu said. He added that the U.S.-Israel relationship had never been closer than since Trump took office.
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