President Trump reaches Israel in second leg of Middle East tour
Tel Aviv: May 22, 2017. US president says meetings in Saudi Arabia with King Salman and other Arab leaders gave him 'new reasons for hope,' adding 'We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security, stability and peace to this region and its peo
Upon his arrival in Israel on Monday, US President Donald Trump delivered a message of hope for peace, saying his meetings in Saudi Arabia with King Salman and other Arab leaders gave him "new reasons for hope."
"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace," Trump said.
"We must work together to build a future where the nations of the region are at peace, and all of our children can grow and grow up strong and grow up free from terrorism and violence."
He stressed that "we can only get there working together, there is no other way."
Trump concluded his brief speech by reaffirming "the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel," adding "We love Israel, we respect Israel... the people of the United States of America are with you."
President Trump landed in Israel midday to much fanfare at Ben-Gurion International Airport, where he was welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, and other dignitaries.
Upon deplaning, the American president walked the red carpet and reviewed an honor guard. The IDF's band played the American national anthem followed by the Israeli one.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed Israel's commitment to peace, listing as examples its long-lasting peace with Jordan and Egypt.
"Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians," Netanyahu declared. "The peace we seek is a genuine and durable, one in which the Jewish state is recognize, security remains in Israel's hands and the conflict ends once and for all."