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Israeli Security Advisor To Meet Bolton To Coordinate Against Iran

US President Donald Trump speaks alongside National Security Adviser John Bolton (R) during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 9, 2018

Israel’s National Security Advisor, Meir Ben-Shabbat left for Washington on Monday to meet John Bolton, his newly appointed American counterpart, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.

The meeting will reportedly take place on Tuesday and will focus on coordinating policy towards Iran. The agenda of the meeting is specifically to discuss the renewal and revamping of a joint memorandum of understanding the two sides had signed in December on how to deal with Iran.

After President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. and Israel apparently see a need to adapt the December agreement to the new reality.

The secret agreement, according to sources quoted by Israeli media, covered many areas of concern, including Iran’s nuclear and missile programs and its activities in Syria.

Based on the memorandum, Israel and the U.S. agreed to set up joint teams to coordinate counter-measures against Iran. The teams would deal with Iran’s missiles, its expanding presence in Syria and nuclear weapons ambitions.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with German and French leaders next week to present his case against Iran's continued presence in Syria and ask for pressure to be put on Tehran.