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Meeting with President of Israel
Thank you and shalom. I am honored to be in the great State of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people. I am awed by the beauty and majesty of this sacred and holy land.
President and Nechama Rivlin, thank you for opening your wonderful home and welcoming Melaniaand me to your amazing country.
On my first trip overseas, I have come to this ancient land to reaffirm the enduring friendship between the United States and the State of Israel.
We are not only longtime friends – we are great allies and partners. We stand together always.
This moment in history calls for us to strengthen our cooperation, as both Israel and America face common threats – from ISIS and other terrorist groups, to countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment terrible violence. Together, we can work to end the scourgeof violence that has taken so many lives, here in Israel and around the world.
Most importantly, the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon, and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping ofterrorists and militias.
On those issues, there is a strong consensus among the nations of the world – including many in the Muslim world. I was deeply encouraged by my conversations with Muslim world leaders in Saudi Arabia. Many expressed their resolve to help end terrorism and the spread of radicalization.
Many Muslim nations have already taken steps to begin following through on this commitment.
There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran.
I thank both you and Prime Minister Netenyahu for your commitment to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians. I also look forward to discussing the peace process with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Young Israeli and Palestinian children deserve to grow up in safety, and to follow their dreams free from the violence that has destroyed so many lives.
The United States and Israel can also bring safety and greater prosperity to our peoples through stronger ties of trade and commerce. Already, our two countries do a great deal of business together. We have a strong foundation on which to build an even closer trading relationship that benefits both our countries.
Today we have so many incredible opportunities before us, and my hope for this visit is that we seize every single one of them.
I am thrilled to be here on behalf of the American people. I know Israel and America share the same goals, and I have great confidence we can achieve them together.
President Rivlin, I look forward to working with you, and to seeing more of this sacred land and getting to spend time with your remarkable people.