The final meeting between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was held today, and The Times of Israel reports that Obama urged the need for the Jewish state to be stable and secure, while Netanyahu thanked America for its aid and stated that his country will never give up on achieving peace:
Netanyahu opened his remarks by thanking Obama for a recent $38 billion defense aid package and talking up the strength of the Israel-US relationship, notably in security and intelligence cooperation.
“I don’t think people understand the length and breadth of this relationship,” he said.
The prime minister stressed the challenges posed in the Middle East by fanaticism, on the one hand, and the opportunities for peace, on the other.
He said Israel has no better friend than the US, and vice-versa, and thanked the president personally on behalf of the people of Israel for his contribution to ensuring Israel’s security. Obama’s influential voice would resonate for decades after the end of his presidency, Netanyahu said...
Obama began his comments by expressing wishes for the speedy recovery of former President Shimon Peres, 93, who suffered a major stroke last week.
He highlighted the shared US and Israeli values, and hailed Israel as a vital US ally. He said his presidency had been guided by the imperative to maintain a strong Israel that is able to defend itself, and that this imperative is essential, too, to America’s national security. The new aid deal, he said, gives Israel the tools to ensure its ongoing capacity to defend itself in an era of regional difficulty, danger and uncertainty.