Before he boarded his flight to Washington, DC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s relationship with the U.S. is strong and will only get stronger. While in America, Netanyahu will meet with the U.S. President and Vice President.

Netanyahu and his wife boarding the plane

Netanyahu and his wife boarding the plane Photo Credit: Avi Ohayon, Government Press Office / Channel 2 News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed for Washington, DC, this afternoon (Monday) ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Netanyahu will also meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. During his visit, Netanyahu will also sit down with Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress.

“The alliance between the United States and Israel has always been strong and it is about to get stronger,” declared Netanyahu before he boarded the plane. “President Trump and I see eye to eye when it comes to the major threats and opportunities in the region and we will certainly discuss them both as well as improving this strong alliance in many aspects.”

According to Netanyahu, many preparations were made ahead of the meeting. “We had a discussion prior to this trip,” he said. “I had several meetings with the heads of the Israeli security establishment, with the National Security Council, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister and of course with the Security Cabinet yesterday.”

Netanyahu stated that yesterday’s cabinet meeting regarding his trip was serious: “At the end of the meeting, I said simply: ‘I will lead and I will guide.’ That is exactly what I intend to do- to lead and guide the historical alliance between Israel and the United States for the good of Israel’s national interest and the good of all of the country’s citizens.”