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Netanyahu looks to play Trump card in Asia

Israel has plenty to offer as it makes up for 8 years on the sidelines

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore on route to Australia on February 20.   © Reuters

JERUSALEM -- Just 48 hours after returning from meeting U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked on a weeklong trip to Singapore and Australia. After eight years in the cold with the Obama administration, Israel is eager to revitalize one of its strongest diplomatic assets -- ties to Washington -- for its own pivot to Asia.

"This is diplomacy of technology and economics," Netanyahu told his accompanying press corps. "We are ready to enter new markets and are positioned to do so." In all of the meetings, Netanyahu explained that Israel has much to offer in the areas of "T and T," its renowned technology and its anti-terrorism expertise.

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