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Netanyahu to visit the White House next month

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the diplomatic corps based in Israel during an event marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 26, 2017 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum, commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House next month, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.

Spicer said Netanyahu will meet with President Donald Trump on Feb. 15.

“Our relationship with the only democracy in the Middle East is crucial to the security of both our nations and the president looks forward to discussing continued strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation with the prime minister,” Spicer said.

Netanyahu and Trump have appeared to enjoy a friendly relationship so far. The two men often praise one another. Trump met with Netanyahu as a candidate for president, and Netanyahu recently took to Twitter to applaud Trump’s call for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Netanyahu's relationship with former President Barack Obama and members of his administration was often tense. In the waning days of the Obama administration, the United States did not block the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which demanded that Israel cease construction of settlements in land claimed by the Palestinians. Netanyahu said the Obama administration responsible for the resolution's passage.

Trump said he would take a different approach to the United Nations, a stance Netanyahu agreed with.

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