US President Donald Trump arrived Monday afternoon at the President's Residence in Jerusalem and signed the guest book before beginning his working meeting with President Reuven Rivlin.
Rivlin congratulated Trump on his arrival in Israel and said, "We are happy to see that America is back in the area. America is back again ... Israel appreciates America's leadership and your administration in the action you took in Syria."
"Even during our most difficult times, we have not given up on our dream of living here in peace with our neighbors," Rivlin added, "Our destiny, Palestinians and Jews, is to live together in this land."
Trump congratulated Rivlin and thanked him for his warm hospitality. "I am honored to be in the great State of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people. I am awed by the beauty and majesty of this sacred and very holy land."
"This is an amazing country. What you have done, perhaps, has virtually never been done before. I come to this ancient land to reaffirm the enduring friendship between the United States and the State of Israel, and it will always be enduring," Trump added.
Trump addressed threats in the region. "Israel and America face common threats from ISIS and other terrorist groups to countries like Iran, that sponsor terrorism and foment terrible violence."
He said that Israel and the US would speak with one voice to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
"Most importantly the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon -- never ever -- and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias."