After his speech at the Knesset, US Vice President Mike Pence went to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence for an official dinner. The two leaders made statements to the press after dinner. Pence: “It is an honor for me to stand with you here today in Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Israel.”

Pence and Netanyahu

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US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife went to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday evening for dinner. After dinner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pence issued statements to the press. Netanyahu began his speech by welcoming his “dear friend” Pence to Jerusalem and resonating his shared belief with Pence’s remarks earlier in the day at the Knesset.

“One day, Iran’s people will win the freedom they so justly deserve,” Netanyahu said. “You’re on the right side of history,” Netanyahu said to Pence, implying that the Iranian people will remember those who stood by them. Netanyahu then noted that much like US President Donald Trump, Israel believes that “the Nuclear Deal with Iran is disastrous.”

“Our position is clear: Fully fix it or fully nix it,” Netanyahu added. Netanyahu also spoke about his conversations with Pence regarding peace talks stating that “Israel will continue to work with President Trump’s able representatives” in order to advance the peace process “with all of our neighbors, including the Palestinians.”

“Thank you for being a stalwart champion of the alliance between America and Israel and thank you for all that you are doing to strengthen that alliance.”

After Netanyahu’s remarks, Pence said: “It is an honor for me to stand with you here today in Jerusalem – the capital of the State of Israel,” to which Netanyahu smiled and the room applauded. Pence continued by relaying a message that Trump wished to send to Netanyahu. “Thank you for your stirring words before the Knesset and your stalwart commitment to freedom, your strong leadership for the people of Israel and your unbending commitment to the relationship between the United States and Israel.”

“I leave here with confidence that with President Trump in the White House and with your strong leadership here in Israel, the best days for the United States and our most cherished ally, Israel, are yet to come,” Pence said.