Netanyahu praises Trump's visit, condemns UK terror in Yad Vashem remarks

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May 23, 2017 13:40
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked US President Donald Trump for his "moving speech" at Israel's holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, on Tuesday afternoon.

"You are the first American president who chose to include Israel on his first foreign trip," Netanyahu said, addressing Trump. "You're the first president in office to visit the Western Wall. We were so deeply moved to see that picture of you touching the stones of the wall... and equally moved when we saw your daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared do the same."

Netanyahu moved on to comment on the wreath-laying ceremony in memory of the holocaust. "We remember the hatred towards Jews that consumed a defenseless people, we pledge never to be defenseless against that hatred again... Israel must always be able to defend itself, by itself, against any threat. I appreciate United States' longstanding commitment to that principle, and Mr. President, I appreciate your commitment to that principle."

Regarding Monday night's terror bombing in Manchester, UK, Netanyahu said "...The slaughter of innocents must be unconditionally condemned and unflinchingly confronted, no matter where it occurs. In Manchester, San Bernadino, or Jerusalem, terror is terror is terror. ...Mr. President, today you called the terrorists 'Losers.' I know you agree with me that we need to make sure that they continue to lose."

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