This week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to a North American Jewish assembly, discussing the future of the U.S.-Israeli alliance. The Jerusalem Post's Michael Wilner reports that Netanyahu discussed the rest of President Obama's term, as well as the incoming President-elect Donald Trump, promising that the leaders will continue working toward both "peace and security":
Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu expects President Barack Obama to continue America's "longstanding policy" of promoting direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians— and not pursue parameters for Middle East peace through international bodies, he said on Tuesday.
"I very much hope that President Obama will continue the policy that he enunciated," Netanyahu told the Jewish Federations of North America's annual General Assembly, referring to comments made by the outgoing president at the beginning of his first term. "The only way you get a workable and enduring peace is to have the parties agree to it. This is what has happened with our peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan."
"We've had convulsions in the Middle East, and yet these peace treaties hold because they were directly agreed to by the parties," he added. "The reason we'll object to any such effort is because it will harden the Palestinian position, and because it will harden the Palestinian position, it will push peace back..."
Netanyahu said he is encouraged by "quiet diplomacy" that has led to increased relations with Arab states, and hopes to foster those relationships in coordination with President-elect Donald Trump.
"I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to further the twin interests of peace and security," he said. "I, for one, find great encouragement in the fact that there's this continuity of friendship..."