‘Rare opportunity’ for peace in Middle East, says President Trump

President Donald Trump arrived in Israel on Monday, May 22. It’s the second stop on his first international trip. He arrived on a direct flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel.

The president and first lady Melania were received with a red carpet welcome by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.

“I’m deeply grateful for your invitation and very very honored to be with you. On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to the sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel,” said Trump.

Trump will also meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Later on Monday, he will pray at Judaism’s Western Wall and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. On Tuesday, he will travel to Bethlehem.

“We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace. But we can only get there working together, there is no other way,” said the president.

The trip ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican, Brussels, and Sicily.