Trump embraces Netanyahu’s idea of regional frame for peace process
At a White House news conference ahead of their first meeting Wednesday, President Donald Trump welcomed the plan put forward by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to expand the peace process with the Palestinians to regional Arab governments. The US President and First Lady welcomed the prime minister and his wife at the entrance to the White House. Sitting in the front row of the press conference were Melania Trump, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, and senior strategic adviser Steve Bannon.
In response to questions, Trump said any diplomatic solution that would be good for Israel and the Palestinians would also be good for the US; that his administration is looking at the issue of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "with great care", adding he "would like to see it happen"; and that he would like to see Israel "hold back a little bit" regarding settlements. Trump also echoed Netanyahu's call for the stopping of incitement against Israel in the Palestinian education system. The Israeli prime minister, meanwhile, emphasized the bilateral alliance as well as his concern over the Iran nuclear deal, among other issues. Following the news conference, the two leaders went to the Oval Office for their talks.