During his fourth meeting with Trump during the past year, Netanyahu thanked the American leader for his Jerusalem policy changes, which he said would be “forever etched in the hearts of our people for generations to come.” He also thanked Trump for his “rock solid” support at the United Nations, and told him that Israel “completely” supports his “stalwart position on the Iran nuclear deal.”
“I can tell you, Israel does want to make peace, and they [the Palestinians] are going to have to want to make peace too, or we aren’t going to have anything to do with them any longer,” Trump said while sitting next to Netanyahu. “This was not brought up by other negotiators, but it is brought up by me.”
Trump also said that the Palestinians “disrespected us” by refusing to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to the region earlier this week, noting that “we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid support.” That funding, Trump added, will no longer go to the Palestinians “unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”
“Respect has to be shown to the U.S., or we just are not going any further,” he said.