Netanyahu says Israel committed to advancing peace with Palestinians under Trump
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 8:06
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today said the forces of "militant Islam" must be defeated to ensure safety and security of the USA and Israel.
Netanyahu, appearing by video at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference, said he'd had an "exceptionally warm" meeting with President Donald Trump last month.
US Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed that President Donald Trump is thinking about moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.
The Israeli PM thanked the new Republican president for a recent United States budget request that "leaves military aid to Israel fully funded". "It leaves military aid to Israel fully funded even as the fiscal belt is pulled tighter". But he congratulated the newly confirmed USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a friend of his who is a longtime supporter of settlements.
Sunday began the first national policy conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) since President Obama left office.
He outlined that in order to do so, the Palestinians must "stop teaching children hate, must stop paying terrorists, and must stop denying the legitimacy and history of the Jewish people".
"My hand is extended to all our neighbors in peace", he added. The accord, which Netanyahu opposed and Trump denounced during his campaign, gave Tehran sanctions relief in return for limits on its nuclear program.
In addition, Netanyahu also wants to discuss with Trump ways and means of dealing with Iran, but the new USA administration is still formulating its policy on the Islamic Republic, according to the report.
Not only will the United States stand with Israel, but it will do so "without apology" against anyone who threatens Israel's security.
"We won't let them drag humanity away from the promise of a bright future, to the misery of a dark past", he said.
Trump's presence at last year's AIPAC conference prompted protests before he uttered a word, and his eventual speech drew condemnation from AIPAC after he attacked President Obama. Sitting presidents have often but not always addressed the gathering.
New United Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wowed the audience at AIPAC this evening, saying "The days of Israel-bashing are over", in a conversation with former Defense Department official Dan Senor.
The statement by Vice President Pence comes just a day after Iran introduced sanctions against 15 USA companies for their alleged backing of Israel and for what the Iranian Foreign Ministry branded as "brutal atrocities" committed against Palestinians. The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has warned the United States against the relocation of the embassy, saying doing so would fuel extremism in the region and kill all chances for a solution to the conflict.