Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Trump during the World Economic Forum in Davis on Thursday, their meeting centered on bilateral ties, nuclear Iran and the peace process.
Addressing the press following their meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked President Trump for his “historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the embassy and now to expedite the movement of the embassy to Jerusalem,” referring to Vice President Mike Pence’s confirmation that the embassy would be moved by the end of 2019.
Netanyahu thanked Trump for his decision that “will be forever etched in the hearts of our people for generations to come.” On claims Jerusalem’s recognition stalls or damages the peace process, the prime minister stated “I say it pushes peace forward, because it recognizes history, it recognizes the present reality. And peace can only be built on the basis of truth. By recognizing history, you’ve made history. And we will always remember that.”
The prime minister then addressed the nuclear deal and Iran, the center of his talks with all heads of state during the forum. He reiterated that Israel supports the United States “stalwart position on the Iran nuclear deal.” He added “We also appreciate the fact that you confront Iran’s aggression with us and with other parties in the region as never before. I’ve never seen the realistic alliance between the United States, Israel and your other allies in the region as strong, as unified, as it is under your leadership.”
Finally, the prime minister addressed the United States support for Israel at the United Nations. Netanyahu thanked the Trump Administration for combatting Israel bias and taking a stand for Israel. Netanyahu stated “you stood up for Israel at the UN in a remarkable way, rock-solid support. This is a place, it’s a house of slander against Israel and against the United States, and by word and deed, you have told them, enough is enough.”
President Trump confirmed that Palestinian aid would be cut until it resumed peace negotiations with Israel. He stated on US cuts to the UNWRA and moving forward that “money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace, because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace, and they’re going to have to want to make peace, too, or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer.”
The president also addressed the Palestinian’s disrespect to its largest donor, referring to the PA’s ban of communication with Vice President Mike Pence last week. Trump stated “When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands, that money is on the table.”
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, January 26, 2018, and reposted with permission.