Israeli President Reuven Rivling and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on hand at Ben Gurion Airport today to welcome Donald Trump on his first visit to Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Israeli leaders spoke of the two nations' "unbreakable bond" during the welcoming ceremony for their American counterpart:
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday, where they were greeted by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
After Trump and Rivlin reviewed the Honor Guard, Trump's welcome ceremony began.
Rivlin spoke first, lauding the American leader's trip as a symbol of the "unbreakable bond between Israel and America."
"The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States. And - may I say - the United States also needs a strong Israel," Rivlin said at the welcoming ceremony on the tarmac of Israel's international airport.
Rivlin thanked Trump for visiting the Jewish state as part of his maiden foreign tour as president, adding that Israel and its citizens "have great expectations from this visit."
"You are the president of Israel's greatest, most important ally. You are a true friend of Israel, and of the Jewish people," Rivlin told Trump.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was next at the podium, extending his welcome and appreciation to Trump.
"Your visit here is truly historic. Never before has a first foreign trip of a US president included Israel. Thank you for this powerful expression of your friendship to Israel..."