Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that “it is only a matter of time before other countries will follow the United States” in moving their embassies to Jerusalem. Furthermore, Netanyahu said that he will speak with US President Donald Trump on how to prevent Iran’s regional aggression while in Washington.

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Trump and Netanyahu Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

At a Likud meeting before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, Netanyahu said that he would thank US President Donald Trump for his decision to move the United States embassy in May from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.

“I leave Saturday evening for the United States to advance two issues on which we work toward and for all the time,” Netanyahu said. “The first is the strengthening of Jerusalem and the second is the strengthening of Israel’s security.”

“I, of course, will personally thank President Trump in your name and in the name of [Israel] for this historic decision to move the embassy in anticipation of Israel’s 70th birthday. I believe that he is worthy of all our respect,” Netanyahu added.

“I am convinced that it is only a matter of time before other countries will follow the United States’ important action,” he said.

At the end of his statement, Netanyahu said that he would tell Trump that decisions must be made regarding Iran’s nuclear program. “I will speak with him about how we can prevent Iran from furthering its provocations in the region,” the prime minister said. “This issue is important to the United States, Israel and global peace.”