Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, where the two toasted to the Florida Republican's now famous on-screen dip and sip during his GOP State of the Union rebuttal. No mini Poland Spring bottles this time.
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According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two politicians talked about more than awkward on-air travails.
Netanyahu expressed his gratitude for Rubio's pro-Israel record.
"I appreciate your support. I appreciate the tremendous support of the American people, bipartisan support for our security and our quest for peace," he told Rubio. "It's a daunting task, both security and the quest for peace, but we know we have your support and we appreciate it. I look forward to talking with you about our challenges."
Rubio responded, citing his commitment to the continuation of strong Israeli-American ties.
"Well, you live in a challenging neighborhood but the Israeli-American relationship is one of the most important ones we have, and certainly our commitment to that partnership is bipartisan and it should remain that way," he said. "And that's why I'm pleased the [President Barack Obama] is coming here in March."
Obama's upcoming trip to Israel will be the first of his presidency. He's slated to receive the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his visit.