Talks addressed regional threats, US-Israel cooperation, particularly in areas of security and defense; Netanyahu to meet Clinton Sunday
Prime Minister Netanyahu met with United States presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York Sunday morning. Their meeting comes ahead of a meeting between Netanyahu and Hillary Clinton scheduled for later Sunday.
Their meeting centered on improving Israel-US relations, in particular in Israel’s “hi-tech and biotech economy”, security and cyber defense. They both addressed regional threats, particularly nuclear Iran and ISIS. They additionally discussed “Israel’s successful experience with a security fence”
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Office released the following statement on their meeting “Prime Minister Netanyahu presented Israel’s positions on regional issues related to Israel’s security and efforts to achieve peace and stability. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Mr. Trump for his friendship and support of Israel.”
The meeting reportedly lasted over an hour and a half, the Trump campaign stating on their meeting “Mr. Trump recognized that Israel and its citizens have suffered far too long on the front lines of Islamic terrorism. He agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Israeli people want a just and lasting peace with their neighbors, but that peace will only come when the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State…. Finally, Mr. Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3000 years, and that the United States, under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.”