Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his 2018 AIPAC address by thanking US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Yesterday, Netanyahu met with Trump at the White House.

Trump and Netanyahu

Trump and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the 2018 AIPAC policy conference on Monday. Netanyahu began his speech by thanking US President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and committing to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Netanyahu received applause from the audience when he decided to leave the podium to get closer to the audience before speaking about Israel’s military strength. “Israel has never been stronger militarily,” Netanyahu proclaimed as the audience applauded. The prime minister added that Israeli intelligence “protects innocent lives around the world.”

“We’re able to do all of this because of the extraordinary soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces,” he said. “They keep us safe. They make us proud.” Netanyahu then asked all the Israeli veterans in the audience to stand up as the crowd applauded them.

Yesterday, Netanyahu met with Trump. During the meeting, the two discussed Iran and Middle East issues such as Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Speaking to Israeli reporters in Washington, Netanyahu explained that he told the president that Israel does not wish to control the Palestinians, but only to protect itself. “This requires control of territory,” the prime minister stated. “The IDF and Israeli security forces are getting the job done.”

The prime minister said he emphasized that he would not allow any evacuated territories to be seized by terrorist entities. In a statement after the meeting, the White House said Trump had “emphasized his commitment to achieving a lasting peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Trump and Netanyahu, yesterday

Trump and Netanyahu, yesterday Photo Credit: Haim Zach/GPO

Trump and Netanyahu also agreed about the dangers posed by Iran’s continued presence in Syria and the region. Netanyahu explained to the reporters that he and Trump “see eye to eye” on this issue and the threat it poses.