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Vice President Pence: U.S. supports Israel's right to defend itself

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence delivers the commencement speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he spoke on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reiterated U.S. support for its Middle East ally.

“Had a great conversation with Prime Minister @netanyahu this morning. The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself from imminent threats. Under President @realDonaldTrump, America will always stand with Israel!” Pence wrote on Twitter, without specifying the imminent threats.

Israel said it conducted an air strike on Sunday against an arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria and on Thursday Netanyahu hinted at possible Israeli involvement in a series of blasts in the past few weeks in Iraq.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Eric Beech