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Trump Stands with Netanyahu '100 Percent', but Endorses 2-State Solution for Israel-Palestinians

09-26-2018
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President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Wednesday for the first time since the US embassy moved to Jerusalem.

They are both in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. 

Trump supported a two-state Israeli-Palestinian solution for the first time, revealing that he may release a Mideast peace plan in the next two to four months.

"I like (a) two-state solution," Trump said as he posed for photographs with Netanyahu. "That's what I think works best. That's my feeling. Now, you may have a different feeling. I don't think so. But I think two-state solution works best."

But Trump was firm in his support for Israel, saying, "We are with you, we are with Israel 100 percent."

His administration has also slashed aid to the Palestinians by hundreds of millions of dollars and ended US support for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees. One of the reason for the cutback -- some of the money given to the Palestinians is being used to fund terror against Israelis. 

"As you know, we were paying them $550 million per year. Now, we're paying them nothing a year. Because we were, for years, we were being abused by the leadership of the Palestinians and giving them all of this money. So, now we're not. But that will start up again, and I look forward to it because they use it for some purposes that are good and some purposes that are not good and not acceptable."

Netanyahu thanked Trump for his support of Israel's right to defend itself in a dangerous part of the world. 

Netanyahu said, "I think the American-Israeli alliance has never been stronger. It's stronger than ever before under your leadership. And I look forward to working with you and your team to advance our common interests: security, prosperity and peace with Israel's neighbors and with the region."

Netanyahu also says he appreciated Trump's strong words and actions when it comes to Iran, something which Trump elaborated on while chairing and speaking before the U.N.'s Security Council.

"The United States will pursue additional sanctions, tougher than ever before to capture the entire range of Iran's malign conduct," Trump said. "Any individual or entity who fails to comply with these sanctions will face severe consequences. I ask all members of the Security Council to work with the United States to ensure the Iranian regime changes its behavior and never acquires a nuclear bomb."

Trump says all the Iran nuclear deal did was give Iran much needed cash for the nation to continue promoting terrorism.

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