President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
While controversy swirls around both men in their native lands, the meeting seemed light and the mood was a happy one.
The two world leaders discussed trade, peace talks, and the possibility that the United States would soon be moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Question: When will you submit your peace plan?
President Trump: Well, we’re going to see. We’re working on it very hard. And we’d like to — look it would be a great achievement, and even from a humanitarian standpoint, what better if we could make peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And I can tell you, we are working very hard at doing that, and I think we have a very good chance.
And the biggest difficulty anyone has had — you look over at 25 years — nobody could get past, No. 1, Jerusalem. They couldn’t get past it. We’ve taken it off the table. So this gives us a real opportunity to — to peace.
We’ll see how it works out. The Palestinians, I think, are wanting to come back to the table very badly.
Question: What if they don’t?
President Trump: If they don’t, you don’t have peace. You don’t have peace. If they don’t, you don’t have peace, and that’s a possibility also. I’m not saying it’s going to happen.
Everybody said this is the hardest deal to make of any deal. Whenever you have a hard deal like in business, you say, oh, this is almost as bad as Israel and the Palestinians.
You use it, like, as an example. This is the hardest deal. This is years and years of opposition and, frankly, hatred, and a lot of things involved in this deal, beyond the land. And I will tell you, that if we could do — if we could do peace between Israel and the Palestinians, that would be a great thing for the world, it would be a great thing for this country, and for everybody.
So we’re working very hard on it. We have a shot at doing it.
Thank you all very much. I appreciate it. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.