Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday morning at the Trump Towers in New York, the Republican presidential candidate pledged, if elected, to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel.
According to a press release from the Donald Trump presidential campaign, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed with the Israeli leader “the special relationship between America and Israel and the unbreakable bond between the two countries. The topics of military assistance, security and regional stability were addressed.”
Also in attendance at the closed-door meeting were Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
The discussion focused not only on Israel’s needs, but on issues that are important to Washington. Trump acknowledged, for instance, that the military assistance provided to Israel and missile defense cooperation with Israel are an excellent investment for America. Under a Trump administration, he said, there would be “extraordinary strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries.”
Trump recognized Israel as a “vital partner of the United States in the global war against radical Islamic terrorism. They discussed at length the nuclear deal with Iran, the battle against ISIS and many other regional security concerns.”
Other important topics included Israel’s flourishing high-tech and biotech economy, including stunning medical advances that are saving lives across the globe. Trump noted Israel’s emergence as a world leader in cyber defense and security and its cooperation with the United States in this regard.
Israel’s security fence, which has succeeded in improving security at its borders, was also discussed in detail – a topic apparently of interest to Trump, who has declared his plan to erect a fence at the Mexican border.
Trump agreed with Netanyahu that the Jewish state seeks a “just and lasting peace” with its neighbors, but that goal can be achieved only when the Palestinians “renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State.”
Trump “acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3000 years, and that the U.S., under a Trump administration, will finally accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel,” the press release said.
Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that he is not taking sides in the U.S. presidential race. He is scheduled to meet with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton later in the day.
By: United with Israel Staff
Source: United with Israel