Netanyahu dodges Trump question on 'Sleepy Joe'

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Netanyahu, reliant on bipartisan support for Israel in Washington, responded: “Uh... one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America.”

Israel and Sudan agreed on Friday (October 23) to take steps to normalize relations in a deal brokered with the help of the United States, making Khartoum the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the last two months.

U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, sealed the agreement in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, senior U.S. officials said.

Trump's decision this week to remove Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism paved the way for the accord with Israel, marking a foreign policy achievement for the Republican president as he seeks a second term trailing in opinion polls behind Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Video Transcript

DONALD TRUMP: This is an incredible deal for Israel and Sudan. For decades, Sudan has been at a state of war with Israel. They have been in a state of war and boycotted Israeli goods. There was no relationship whatsoever. Today's peace agreement will enhance Israel's security and end Sudan's long isolation from the world because of what was taking place. It will unlock new opportunities for trade and commerce, education and research, and cooperation and friendship for both peoples. It's very exciting, actually. It's peace in the Middle East without bloodshed.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): It's just a-- a new world. And I can't tell you how-- how excited we are for cooperating with everyone, cooperating with Sudan to build the future, a better future for both of us. And it's a glorious day for peace.

DONALD TRUMP: Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, [INAUDIBLE]? Sleepy Joe. I think-- do you think he would have made this deal? Somehow, I don't think so.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): Well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America, and we appreciate what you've done enormously.

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): We appreciate [INAUDIBLE]--

- Mr. President?

- Mr. President?

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): --what you've done.

- Could you follow up on the idea of what this means to Iran--

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): It's been a--

- --the pressure--

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): [INAUDIBLE] of history. And this will be registered in the books, history books. History registers who did what.

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU (ON PHONE): I think it does. And it's going to--

DONALD TRUMP: Yeah, No, I think it's a ter-- it's a terrific thing. And it should be completed pretty soon. Saying?

-Yeah, I just wanted--