Donald Trump met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Trump Tower in New York City on Sunday to discuss the relationship between the two nations should Trump be elected president Nov. 8.
The meeting took on particular significance coming less than one week after President Obama chided the closest U.S. ally in the Middle East during a speech to the United Nations, lecturing Israel that it could “permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”
“[Trump] agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Israeli people want a just and lasting peace with their neighbors.”
The meeting between Trump and Netanyahu, who have known each other for years, covered a variety of topics, including military assistance, intelligence cooperation and the war against radical Islamic terrorism, according to a statement from the Trump campaign.
The pair noted “the special relationship between America and Israel and the unbreakable bond between the two countries,” according to the statement.
“The meeting concluded with both leaders promising the highest level of mutual support and cooperation should Mr. Trump have the honor and privilege of being elected President of the United States,” the statement read.
The Trump camp indicated much of the meeting focused on the global threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
Recognizing Israel as “a vital partner of the United States in the global war against radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump commended Netanyahu for his country’s emergence as a “world leader” in cyber security and defense.
“Mr. Trump recognized that Israel and its citizens have suffered far too long on the front lines of Islamic terrorism,” the campaign’s statement read. “He agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Israeli people want a just and lasting peace with their neighbors, but that peace will only come when the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State.”
President Obama has presided over a sustained straining of the tight bond between the United States and Israel. Members of Congress have recently called for an official investigation into allegations State Department officials actively funneled U.S. taxpayer money to political opponents of Netanyahu during Israeli elections.
Trump’s campaign signaled the GOP nominee would build on their countries’ joint history and mend any fractures suffered during the Obama administration if elected president.
“Mr. Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3000 years, and that the United States, 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 statement read.