Malcolm Turnbull has argued in favour of retaining the Iran nuclear deal during a private meeting with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the rare points of difference between the two countries.

Arriving in Jerusalem two days later than planned, Mr Turnbull and Mr Netanyahu also reaffirmed their determination to fight and defeat militant Islamic terrorism.

Speaking at a ceremonial welcome complete with military band and presentation of soldiers, the two leaders spoke warmly of their regard for each other, with Mr Netanyahu praising Mr Turnbull as a  “true friend of Israel” who offered unwavering support.

He described the relationship between the two countries as like mishpacha – Hebrew for family.

 “I think that our two nations understand one another in the deepest sense. We cherish the values of peace, freedom, democracy,” Mr Netanyahu said.

Read the article by Andrew Tillett in the Australian Financial Review.

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