Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded President Donald Trump’s “reassertion” of American leadership in the Middle East during joint remarks by the two leaders, capping off Trump’s first day in Israel Monday.
“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran which you enunciated so clearly just an hour ago,” Netanyahu told Trump, referring to comments made earlier Monday, when the U.S. president vowed never to allow Iran to have nuclear weapons.
“I want you to know how much we appreciate your bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. And I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East,” said Netanyahu, who added he sees “a real hope for change” in the region that can lead to peace.
He added, “The Arab leaders who you met yesterday could help change the atmosphere and they could help create the conditions for a realistic peace. These are all great signs on your historic visit.”
In his statement, Trump also mentioned his stop in Saudi Arabia, saying the country’s King Salman “really wants to see great things happen for the world,” including “a renewed effort at peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”
Referencing his business background, Trump said of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, “I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get there eventually, I hope.”