Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump discussed the current tensions in the region as well as the Iranian issue in a Tuesday night phone call. During the leaders’ discussion, Netanyahu thanked Trump for the US’ commitment towards Israel’s security.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with US President Donald trump on Tuesday about current issues in the Middle East and Iran. During their call, Netanyahu thanked the American president for Washington’s support of Israel in the UN Security Council.

According to the White House, the leaders “agreed to continue their close coordination on countering Iran’s malign influence and destabilizing activities” in the region. In addition, Netanyahu thanked the US for its commitment to Israel’s security.

The phone calls came amid high tensions in Israel after a week of violent clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces as part of Gaza’s “March of Return” along the security fence. On Saturday, the US blocked a UN Security Council draft statement calling for an investigation into the clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border that led to at least 17 deaths on the Palestinian side.