For those of us who endured eight years of antisemitism and attacks against the Jewish state by President Obama, this was a glorious moment. This marks a turning point — we have embarked on a glorious new era in US/Israel relations.
President Trump began the press conference by speaking about the Iranian threat. “One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing, I mean ever, a nuclear weapon.”
He praised the US military assistance to Israel as necessary.
Speaking about the peace process, Trump said: “It is the parties themselves who must directly negotiate such an agreement,” and that both sides would have make compromises to achieve peace.
Trump did not commit to the two state solution, saying that he would be happy with any agreement Israel and the PA reach.
Trump told Netanyahu “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements a little bit.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu attacked the PA for its incitement, the salaries it pays to the murderers of Israelis and even Americans, and its denial of Jewish history and Jewish rights. “If anyone believes that I, as the Prime Minister of Israel, [who is] responsible for the security of my country, would blindly walk into a Palestinian terrorist state, which seeks the destruction of my country, they are gravely mistaken.”
Israeli reaction: Coalition politicians welcomed President Trump’s warm approach to Israel and described the summit meeting as ‘the end of two-state epoch’.
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett described it as “A new era. After 24 years, the Palestinian flag has been removed from the flagpost and exchanged for the Israeli flag.”
Science Minister Ofir Akunis said: “Today, after the Trump-Netanyahu meeting, the mistaken and dangerous concept of establishing a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel was finally discarded. Even President Trump understands that the “two-state” idea would not bring peace to the Middle East and that other solutions must be found to achieve peace. This is an important day for lovers of the land of Israel.”
The Young Likud members welcomed Netanyahu’s uncompromising stance on Israel’s security. “At this time we should not be involved in establishing a Palestinian state but rather in strengthening Israel’s security in light of the various regional threats and in maintaining the growth of communities throughout the land of Israel.
“We also thank President Trump for his deep friendship and support for the State of Israel. Finally a president respects Israel as a sovereign state which can make its own decisions about what is good for it.
“The state of Israel need not apologize for returning to “Judea, the birthplace of the Jewish nation”, nor does it need to apologize for maintaining its strong stance on security.
“Thank you, Prime Minister Netanyahu and thank you, President Trump.”
Minister Ayoob Kara(Likud) described the Netanyahu -Trump summit as a “dream come true. The Israeli spring is beginning in the Middle East as if Obama never existed. Agreements about the Iranian threat, no pressure on Israel on the Palestinian issue. A very good start.”
Samarian regional council head Yossi Dagan said that “the conference we made in the Knesset proved itself, I always said that its all in the hands of Prime Minister Netanyahu and whatever he says to the administration is what will count. We believe there is no reason he will not return with good news to Israel.”
Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Galant said that Trump’s speech was “historic, as he said ‘we will not allow Iran ever to have nuclear weapons. The Palestinians teach a lot of hate, they must stop and recognize Israel’ -those are his words. We ha