United States President Donald Trump spoke about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu retained his focus on Iran as the two leaders made public remarks prior to a head-to-head meeting in New York ahead of the United Nations General Assembly where they will both speak later this week.
“We’re going to be discussing many things, among them a peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis, a fantastic achievement,” Trump said. “We are giving it an absolute go. I think there’s a good chance it could happen. Most people would say there is no chance it could happen.… Israel would like to see it. Palestinians would like to see it. I can tell the Trump administration would like to see it. We’re working very hard. We’ll see what happens. Historically people say it can’t happen. I’d say it can happen.”
Netanyahu too mentioned peace process, but said it was linked to stopping Iran’s nuclear ambition and its attempts to gain a military foothold in Syria.
“I look forward to discussing with you how we can address together what you rightly called is the terrible nuclear deal with Iran and how to roll back Iran’s growing aggression in the region, especially in Syria,” Netanyahu said. “As you said, we will discuss the way we can seize the opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab world, I think these things go together and we look forward to talking about how we can advance both.”
Netanyahu also made a point to thanking Trump for his administration’s support for Israel at the United Nations.
“We’re going to be speaking tomorrow at the UN, and I want to say that under President Trump, America’s position towards Israel with the UN has been unequivocal,” Netanyahu said. “It’s been strong; it’s got both clarity and conviction. And I want to thank you on behalf of the people of Israel and Israel’s many friends around the world.”