The head of the Mossad, Israel’s international intelligence agency, traveled to New York to meet with President-elect Donald Trump’s staff for an intelligence briefing on Middle East issues last week, reported Ynet News.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, accompanied by a high-ranking security delegation from Israel, briefed Trump’s team on the Iranian nuclear deal, Syria’s civil war, terror threats in the region, and the Palestinian conflict. The meeting, not highly publicized, was discreetly arranged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer was also present at the briefing, which took place at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Also on the agenda was an appeal by the Israeli delegation requesting Trump help oppose a UN Security Council resolution due to come up for a vote before Trump’s inauguration. The resolution labels communities in Judea and Samaria illegal and in effect calls on the international community to boycott Israel.
Israeli officials and pro-Israel American lawmakers, concerned that President Barack Obama will chose not to veto the proposal as he has in the past, have urged the White House to continue upholding Israel’s interests at the UN in the administration’s last days.
Many pro-Israel groups believe the future Trump administration will represent a sea change for US-Israel relations, which, while always close, cooled during Obama’s tenure. Trump has already signaled that he is serious about his campaign promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem and has appointed as ambassador David Friedman, a religious Jew expected to strongly support hardline measures in favor of settlements and a Jewish Jerusalem.