B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International commends U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump for visiting the Western Wall—the first U.S. sitting president who has done so. The Western Wall is one of Judaism’s holiest sites in Jerusalem, and thousands of Jews come to pray there every day.
Upon his arrival to the Jewish state, the president and his family were greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials. The two world leaders held a joint press conference at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
“We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace,” Trump said. “But we can only get there working together. There is no other way.”
Trump’s first visit to Israel comes at a time when global terrorism and anti-Semitism are at an all time high.
Netanyahu reiterated his commitment to peace, “The peace we seek is a genuine and durable one, in which the Israeli state is recognized, security remains in Israel’s hands, and the conflict ends once and for all.”
This is also the earliest visit a U.S. sitting president had made to Israel.