Trump welcomed by Netanyahu, Rivlin and Israeli MK’s in ceremony at Ben Gurion airport; Netanyahu addresses Trump’s speech in S. Arabia, US-Israel relations; President to travel to Jerusalem for meetings ahead of address Tuesday evening
United States President Donald Trump arrived to Israel Monday morning.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin and Israeli MK’s all took part in a ceremony welcoming the president welcomed trump and his wife.
Giving a short speech, Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Trump. On Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia Sunday, he stated “Mr. President, yesterday in Saudi Arabia you delivered a forceful speech on terrorism and extremism, called on forces of civilization to confront the forces of barbarism. For 69 years, Israel has been doing just that. We’ve manned the front lines of civilization. In doing so, we’ve protected all faiths- Muslims, Christians, everyone. Throughout the Middle East, Christian communities are decimated. We’re proud to have a growing, flourishing Christian community.”
He spoke of the visit’s significance to Israel-US relations, stating “I’m confident that under your leadership the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States will become ever greater, ever stronger.”
Welcoming Trump, Netanyahu stated “On behalf of the government and the entire people of Israel, we welcome you to Israel. May God bless you, Mr. president, may God bless Israel, and may God bless the United State of America.”
Trump took to the podium, thanking Israel for its warm welcome. Speaking about Israel, he stated “In this land so rich in history, Israel has built one of the world’s great civilizations. a strong, resilient, determined and prosperous nation. It is also a nation forged in the commitment that we will never allow the horrors of the last century to be repeated. Now let us build together a future where the nations of the region are at peace, and all our children can grow up strong and free from terrorism and violence.”
Addressing his tour in Saudi Arabia, the president stated “During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope. I have just concluded a visit to Saudi Arabia, where yesterday I met with King Salman and leaders from across the Muslim and Arab world. In that visit we reached a historic agreement to pursue greater and greater [cooperation] against terrorism. We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony prosperity and peace.”
He said this opportunity is only possible by “working together”. He then stated “We love Israel, we respect Israel, and I bring the warmest greetings from your friend and ally, all of the people of the United States of America.”
Trump will be in Israel until Tuesday, first on his itinerary is to visit with President Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem. Trump will then have dinner with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
On Tuesday, Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem. He will then return to Jerusalem to visit Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem followed by the Israel Museum where the president will reportedly give his speech.
Following his two-day tour in Israel, Trump will travel to Italy to meet with the Pope in the Vatican.