At White House, Netanyahu heaps praise on Trump's Jerusalem embassy move

Michele Moreno
March 8, 2018

US President Donald Trump has indicated that he might attend the inauguration of the new American embassy in Jerusalem as he reaffirmed his country's support to Israel's security during his talks with embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Before taking off to his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Netanyahu was asked if Israel is heading for early elections due to political infighting over the conscription of Jewish ultra-Orthodox into the army.

In addition, Trump expressed optimism regarding the future of his efforts to bring about peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, despite the fact that his decision to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv spurred the Palestinians to assert that the US president could not be a mediator in that process.

The White House has said it is finalizing a peace plan for the Middle East, but while Trump himself believes there is a "very good chance" of achieving peace, the decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem has already prompted the Palestinians to write Trump off as a fair broker in negotiations.

"I've been here for almost four decades seeking to build the American-Israel alliance".

In his perhaps overly-complimentary remarks on Monday, Netanyahu said Trump will be remembered "through the ages" for making a decision that "others talked about" but never followed through on.

"We're looking at coming".

"There is no reason for us to go to early elections, and with good will that will not happen", he told journalists. We're working on it very hard.

Trump added: "The Palestinians, I think, are wanting to come back to the table". "The Palestinians, I think, are wanting to come back to the table". "If they don't, you don't have peace".

Netanyahu said Iran was a common challenge both the US and Israel have to deal with because the country hasn't given up its nuclear visions.

Trump's push to change or scrap Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and concerns over Tehran's foothold in Syria topped the agenda of his talks with Netanyahu, U.S. and Israeli officials said. It is practising aggression everywhere, including on our own borders.

Netanyahu also referred to Iran in his opening statement, saying that it is the greatest challenge to the US, Israel and the region, and that this would be a focus of the meeting. "That is our common challenge".

Netanyahu, whose relationship with Trump has been among the closest of any world leader, has also cautioned that Israel could act against Iran itself after an Iranian drone flew into Israel last month and an Israeli warplane was shot down while bombing air defences in Syria.

The decision caused uproar in the Arab world and led Palestinian leaders to reject a U.S. role in mediating a resolution to the decades old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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