At a special meeting on Sunday evening in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that he plans to discuss two topics with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence: peace and security. Pence landed in Israel this evening and will meet with Netanyahu tomorrow morning.


Netanyahu Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a special meeting at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Jerusalem on Sunday night as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence landed at Ben-Gurion Airport. Netanyahu and Pence are set to meet tomorrow morning before the latter delivers a speech at the Knesset, becoming the first U.S. official to address Israel’s lawmakers since 2008.

“We warmly welcome this evening U.S. Vice President- a great friend of Israel- Mike Pence,” Netanyahu told the ministry staff. “He’s landed and we are receiving him warmly, with pride. I’ll discuss with him two topics: peace and security. Regarding peace, I have a message for Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas]: There’s no substitute for the American leadership in leading the peace process.”

Pence arrives in Israel

Pence arrives in Israel Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS

“Regarding security, I have a message for the countries of Europe: I advise that they take seriously President Trump’s statements,” he added. “If they want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, they must propose amendments to the deal, amendments that will prevent the nuclearization of Iran, which would threaten them and the entire world.”

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein welcomed Pence over Twitter: