Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump today said that there is a “rare opportunity” to bring security and peace to the Middle East as he arrived here from Saudi Arabia to reaffirm America’s “unbreakable bond” with Israel.”I have found new reasons for hope,” said Trump upon arriving at Ben-Gurion International Airport.”There is a rare opportunity to bring security and peace to the region, but we can only get there by working together,” said Trump who arrived here from Riyadh in what is believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel.Trump went on to say that he met with leaders from across the Arab world in Saudi Arabia and reached “historic agreements” in fight against terror.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Trump on what he called a “truly historic” visit, which he viewed as a “powerful expression of your friendship”.Netanyahu applauded Trump’s call for nations to do more to fight terrorism during his visit to Saudi Arabia.”Israel shares the commitment to peace that you made yesterday. The peace we seek is genuine and durable, in which the Jewish state is recognised, security remains in Israel s hands, and the conflict ends once and for all,” he said.”I hope this trip is a step on the path toward reconciliation and peace,” he stressed.
The Israeli president emphasised that while the world, the Middle East, and Israel all need a strong United States, “the United States also needs a strong Israel”.”In the Middle East, an area that suffers from terrorism and madness, the alliance between the United States and Israel shines like a beacon of liberty and progress,” Rivlin said.Trump left for Jerusalem immediately after the welcome ceremony for his meeting with Rivlin at the President’s House amid heightened security with all the major roads in Jerusalem completely gridlocked.The US president is scheduled to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister this evening and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tomorrow.
Pointing at Iran – Israel and Saudi Arabia’s main foe in the region – the US President accused Tehran of fuelling the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.The US President has been widely seen as considerably more supportive of Israel than his predecessor Barack Obama.He has taken a softer position on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements, suggesting that their expansion rather than their presence might hamper the search for peace.During his election campaign, Trump had expressed views that seemed to fit neatly with those of the right-wing Israeli government of Netanyahu favouring expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and a tough line towards Palestinian aspirations for independence.Trump is expected to visit the Western Wall, located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, later today in a private capacity in what would be the first such visit to Judaism’s holiest site by a sitting US President.