Trump says he’ll try to come to Israel for embassy opening in Jerusalem

On Monday afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump met in Washington. Speaking to reporters prior to the private meeting, Trump said that he would try to make it to Jerusalem for the US embassy opening in May.
Trump and Netanyahu in Israel Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump met on Monday afternoon in the White House for their fifth meeting since the latter took office in January 2017. Before their private meeting began, the two sat down for a photo op and delivered short statements.

Netanyahu mostly spoke about the Iranian threat that has reached Israel’s border. “We have to stop this country that chants ‘death to Israel, death to America,’” he said. “Iran must be stopped.”

The Israeli prime minister then commented on the chance for Middle East peace, stressing the importance of seizing the current opportunity. “The Arabs have never been closer to Israel; Israel has never been closer to the Arabs,” Netanyahu claimed.

Netanyahu also praised Trump and thanked him for his support of Israel. According to Netanyahu, the Israeli-American alliance has never been stronger, and the people of Israel appreciate Trump’s position on Jerusalem and Iran. “Thank you for your leadership and thank you for your tremendous friendship,” he told the American leader. Stronger than ever 🇮🇱🇺🇸 @POTUS — PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) March 5, 2018

After Netanyahu’s remarks, Hadashot news’ correspondent Dana Weiss asked Trump whether he plans to be in Jerusalem for the US embassy opening. “We’ll look at coming and if I can, I will,” Trump said after initially replying to the question by saying that the embassy would be built very quickly and that it would cost less than expected. “Israel is very special to me, special country, special people, and I look forward to being there [again] and I’m very proud of that decision,” Trump added, referring to his declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Click here to JerusalemOnline homepage