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President Trump lands in Ben Gurion Airport for his first state visit in Israel.

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Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 12:58 PM

Trump lands in Israel
Trump lands in Israel

Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and First Lady Nehama Rivlin led a reception committee on the tarmac at Ben Gurion Airport Monday to welcome US President Donald Trump to Israel for his first state visit there since taking office in January.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, made their way to the gathering awaiting President Trump’s arrival, joining US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, Israeli ministers, and IDF top brass set to greet the president.

Air Force One touched down in Israel Monday afternoon, marking the second leg of President Trump’s five-state trip; his first trip abroad as president.

Shaking hands with President Rivlin, Trump said he was “honored” to be in Israel

President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu greeted the president warmly, the president calling the Prime Minister “my friend”.

“Welcome, our good friend,” Netanyahu responded.

The president shared a lighthearted moment with Ambassador Friedman on the tarmac, jokingly asking “Who is this guy?”

“Are you proud of this man? He got what he wanted,” said a smiling President Trump.

“How are you getting along here,” Trump asked Friedman, who responded, “Great”.

President Rivlin spoke at a gathering on the tarmac, praising Trump as a “true friend of Israel”.

“Your visit is a symbol of the unbreakable bond between Israel and America. You are the president of Israel greatest, most important ally. You are true friends of Israel and the Jewish people.

“Mr. President, the world needs a strong United States. The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States. And may I say, the United States needs a strong Israel.”

“God bless America, God bless Israel.”

After his reception on the tarmac, President Trump will proceed to Jerusalem, where he will meet with President Rivlin at his state residence.

President Trump is set to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem Monday evening. Netanyahu will then host the president and First Lady Melania at a state dinner in the Prime Minister’s residence.