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US President Donald Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, this is the first interaction between the two leaders.

The meeting will be instrumental in understanding Trump's Middle East policy, and also assess how Netanyahu could seek to improve upon his combative relationship with the previous administration.

They are expected to discuss Syria, Iran and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Timeline Balancing Israel in West Asia: The US challenge US-Israel

Balancing ties with the Arab world while supporting Israel has been a challenge to US foreign policy.

While the US continues supporting and aiding Arab states to further their policies in the region, Arab states have long been opposed to Israel's existence.

On the other hand, Israel was long seen as key partner in reigning in Tehran's designs for West Asia.

Netanyahu and Obama Obama Administration

Israel's relationship with the US was under immense strain under the Obama administration.

US demands of land concessions to Palestine were widely criticized in Israel.

The Iran nuclear deal was also viciously opposed by the Israeli government, and was widely regarded as a direct snub to Netanyahu.

Obama's refusal to veto an anti-Israel resolution in the UN did not help improve relations either.

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