Trump and Netanyahu meet in New York
US president discusses peace process, Israeli PM discusses Iranian threat at start of meeting in New York.
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu began their meeting at the palace hotel in New York City Monday.
Trump said before the meeting that: “Prime Minister Netanyahu has been a friend of mine for many years. We are going to talk about many important things, including the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. We think there is a good chance that this will happen. I think Israel wants peace, and that the Palestinians want to see it.”
“History tells us that this is impossible – in my opinion it is possible,” the president added.
Trump did not mention Iran at all in his remarks prior to the meeting until asked by reporters. The Iranian threat is expected to be the main focus of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s concerns during their meeting.
Netanyahu told Trump: “Under your leadership, the alliance between America and Israel has never been stronger and never been deeper.”
“I look forward to discussing with you how we can address together what you rightly call the terrible nuclear deal with Iran and how to roll back Iran’s growing aggression in the region, especially in Syria,” the prime minister added.
“As you said, we will discuss the way we can seize the opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab world,” he said. “I think these go together.”
When asked if he has decided to cancel the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Trump told reporters: “You’ll see very soon.”