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President Reuven Rivlin greeted US President Donald Trump upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday, 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.