President Trump arrived in Israel on Monday to kick off the second leg of his first foreign trip as president with hopes to lay the groundwork to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
At the airport, Trump urged both sides to take advantage of the “rare opportunity” that he said currently exists under his administration to bring security, stability and peace to the region.
“We have a rare opportunity to bring stability and peace in this region, defeat terror and create a future of peace,” Trump said after speeches from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We can only get there by working together – there is no other way.”
Trump’s remarks came after Netanyahu expressed his willingness to make peace with the Palestinians.
“Israel shares commitment to peace – already made with Egypt and Jordan,” he said. “Peace we seek is durable in which the Jewish state is recognized, security remains in Israel’s hands and conflict ends once and for all.”
Trump later sat down for a meeting with Rivlin, and said "there's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East." He said regional concerns about Iran have even brought other Middle Eastern countries toward Israel.
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