Netanyahu: ‘For the First Time in My Lifetime,’ Arab Countries Don’t See Israel as an Enemy, But as an Ally

By Melanie Arter | February 15, 2017 | 4:45 PM EST

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump at the White House (CNSNews.com/Melanie Arter)

(CNSNews.com) - At a joint press conference with President Trump at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that for the first time in his lifetime, Arab countries in the Middle East see Israel as an ally instead of an enemy.

“Mr. President, in rolling back militant Islam, we can seize an historic opportunity, because for the first time in my lifetime, and for the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” Netanyahu said.

 



The prime minister said that under President Donald Trump’s leadership, “this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace.” He said that also under Trump’s leadership, together the U.S. and Israel “can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam.”

“As you have said, our alliance is based on a deep bond of common values and common interests, and increasingly, those values and interests are under attack by one malevolent force - radical Islamic terror,” Netanyahu said.

“Mr. President you’ve shown great clarity and courage in confronting this challenge head on. You’ve called for confronting Iran’s terrorist regime, preventing Iran from realizing this terrible deal into a nuclear arsenal, and you have said that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” he said.

“You call for the defeat of ISIS. Under your leadership, I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam, and in this great task as in so many others, Israel stands with you, and I stand with you,” Netanyahu added.

The prime minister said he’s looking forward to working with Trump to “dramatically upgrade every field: in security, in technology, cyber and trade and so many others.” In addition, Netanyahu said he welcomes Trump’s “call to ensure that Israel is treated fairly in international forums and that the slander and boycotts of Israel are resisted mightily by the power and moral position of the United States of America."