US PRESIDENTIAL candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both pledged support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday before last night’s head-to-head debate.
Following a closed-door meeting in New York on Sunday night, Ms Clinton’s campaign said she told Mr Netanyahu: “A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States” and “reaffirmed unwavering commitment” to the the two states’ relationship.
She also voiced support for the 10-year, $38 billion (£2bn) military aid package signed between the two countries earlier the month and opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Earlier Mr Trump discussed “at length” Israel’s containment fence around the Gaza Strip and its planned underground wall to block off supply tunnels to the besieged enclave.
Mr Trump has previously cited Israel’s barrier in trying to justify his policy of building a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration.