B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin have issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International welcomes the pledge of mutual cooperation between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they concluded talks today at the prime minister’s residence in Israel.
We applaud Trump’s pledge to build upon the partnership and friendship between the two countries, “Today we reaffirm the unbreakable bond of friendship between Israel and the United States. A friendship built on our shared love of freedom, our shared belief in human dignity and our shared hope for an Israel at lasting peace. We want Israel to have peace.”
Netanyahu commended Trump for being the first ever sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall.
“I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall; words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever,” Trump said.
Trump acknowledged the road to peace will be difficult, but said “America stands ready” to help Israel achieve the peace it deserves.
Netanyahu noted to Trump how much Israel appreciates the “American change in policy on Iran.” Trump spoke of “advancing prosperity, defeating the evils of terrorism and facing the threat of an Iranian regime that is threatening the region and causing so much violence and suffering." Iran, which projects its influence throughout the Middle East, is the world's leading state sponsor of terror and an ardent enemy of Israel.