Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he hoped a visit to Israel by President Donald Trump would be a “historic milestone” in achieving regional peace.
“May your first trip to our region prove to be a historic milestone on the path towards reconciliation and peace,” Netanyahu said in a welcome speech to Trump.
He said Israel shared the United States’ commitment to peace and that, “Israel’s hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians.”
Trump urged leaders to work together for peace and said his trip to Saudi Arabia had brought him new hope for that prospect.
“We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people,” Trump said during a welcoming ceremony after Air Force One touched down. “But we can only get there working together. There is no other way.”