Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally greeted US President Donald Trump on his first visit to Israel.
Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday and were welcomed by Netanyahu and his wife on the red carpet during a grand welcoming ceremony, attended by all Israeli ministers.
During the 28-hour long stay, Trump is expected to set the tone for his administration’s efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Speaking upon arrival, Trump described the trip as “a rare opportunity” to bring peace back to the region and asserted that he was there to “reaffirm the unbreakable bond” between the two allies.
Netanyahu said Sunday that his talks with Trump would revolve around strengthening “the first and strongest alliance with the US.”
“We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace,” he added.
Before holding the talks, Trump would tour East Jerusalem al-Quds. He would also become the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall of the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount.