In a moving speech winding up his two-day visit to Israel, US president Donald Trump again reaffirmed the unshakeable bond between the US and Israel. Speaking at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the president made three solemn pledges: “Hizballah and Hamas send rockets and Iran wants to destroy you – not with Donald J. Trump.” Another pledge was: “Iran will not have nuclear weapons.” He also reiterated his commitment to helping Israelis and Palestinians reach peace, affirming from his talks with both sides that the Palestinians and the Israelis are ready to reach for peace. In numerous speeches throughput his visit, President Trump did not mention the two-state solution, noting only that both sides would have to make compromises.
He spoke with great warmth and admiration of Israel as a testament to endurance and survival, where Muslims, Christians and other faiths are free to worship. He also pledged” “You will see a big difference under my administration [in the US-Israeli security partnership], which will be stronger than ever.”
The choice between supporting Israel and the Arabs is a false one, he said. All nations of the region support human lives and want peace and stability. He spoke of progress made in his visit to Riyadh towards forming a coalition for “driving terrorists and extremists from our midst.”
After that parting speech which was given a standing ovation by his audience, the US president and the first lady headed for Ben Gurion airport.