USA grants Israel extra defence aid: Netanyahu
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 3:22
A US -born Israeli says he was both delighted and disappointed by President Donald Trump's visit to Israel.
Trump will be in Israel for 2 days and during that time he will meet up with Palestinian and Israeli leaders as part of his peace mission.
"I'm not at peace with any arms race and the huge Saudi purchase for sure doesn't add much to our peace of mind", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio. He said he thought the trip showcased the importance of the U.S. -Israel relationship. But Trump believes that was a bad deal, and sees the USA relationship with Iran much differently.
He added, "And Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction ..."
Israel relies heavily on USA military aid.
Nevertheless, Lieberman said, "We are following developments and are aware and have ways of dealing with this". The agreement also included more coordination between Arab nations and the United States, as well as patrol boats.
Administration officials claim the agreement - worth $110 billion over the next decade - is the biggest single arms deal in American history, and it will see US defense firms flow everything from ships and tanks to the latest anti-missile systems to the kingdom. Franks said Trump has a historic opportunity to move the embassy to Jerusalem, a city that both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their own.
Addressing parliament, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem's Temple Mount and Western Wall will remain under Israel's control "forever".
Trump has continuously expressed his commitment to "making a deal", but never specified any concrete plans or stances on various flashpoint issues, such as the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, sidestepping the routine USA condemnation of settlement construction and ignored past support for a Palestinian State. We are grateful that the administration recognizes the threat Iran's regime poses to the world and to Israel in particular.
The Middle East is a complicated chessboard of players. Saudi Arabia realizes that there's only one strong country in the Middle East that can benefit it, and it's Israel.
The two countries are in indirect conflict in Yemen.
Edelstein says "the possibility was explored as a first option, and it was dropped from the agenda because it was clear that the president wouldn't be able to speak" without interjection.
"Sadly, there remain many around the world who deny our connection to this land and to our holiest city, including in global forums".
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said the cable vehicle "will change the face of Jerusalem, allow easy and convenient access for tourists and visitors to the Western Wall and will serve as an exceptional tourist attraction".