President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday in New York for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), reaffirming the special relationship and unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I want to say that under your leadership, the alliance between America and Israel has never been stronger, never been deeper.” The President underscored the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.
The United States and Israel have a strong and enduring relationship and have cooperated on a number of issues. The two sides discussed their continued cooperation across a range of issues and stressed their goals of countering Iran’s malign influence in the region and resolving the Syria crisis in a manner consistent with American and Israeli security interests. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu also discussed continuing efforts to achieve an enduring Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. President Trump stated that despite the difficulty, “I actually think with the capability of Bibi and, frankly, the other side, I really think we have a chance.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu closed by once again acknowledging the strong relationship that the United States and Israel share, “[U]nder President Trump, America’s position towards Israel at the U.N. has been unequivocal, it’s been strong, it’s got both clarity and conviction.”