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Netanyahu: 'Israel Has No Better Ally Than the US'

Netanyahu: 'Israel Has No Better Ally Than the US'

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump (Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:22 PM EST

President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday there is an "unbreakable bond" between the United States and the Jewish State. 

"Israel has no better ally than the United States, and I want to assure you, the United States has no better ally than Israel," Netanyahu said as the two world leaders held a press conference at the White House after a White House meeting.

Netanyahu said the both powers face the threat of "radical Islamic" terrorism, adding he believes reversing the "rising tide of radical Islam" is possible with Trump's leadership.

Trump and Netanyahu also spoke about the possibility of a two-state deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

The commander-in-chief called on his Israeli counterpart to "hold back on settlements for a little bit" — referring to the Jewish state's aggressive plan to build new housing in disputed areas.

Trump also said a "two-state [deal] looks like it will be the easier of the two."

But he noted if Israel and the Palestinians find an alternative they are more comfortable with, he will support it.

But the two parties themselves "must directly negotiate such an agreement," Trump added.

Netanyahu said "both sides" need to work toward peace and criticized Palestinians for their "hate" of Israel.

"They continue to call for Israel's destruction inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside their textbooks," Netanyahu said. "You have to read it to believe it."

Asked about a tentative plan to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Trump responded, "We're looking at it with great care."

Trump also noted he has launched new sanctions against Iran and called the Iran nuclear agreement, brokered in part by President Barack Obama, "one of the worst deals I've ever seen."

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In a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday said he would work to bring about peace between Israel and Palestinians, but it would be up to the parties themselves ultimately to reach an agreement.
Benjamin Netanyahu, two-state solution, Palestinians, peace
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:22 PM
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