American and Israeli values are under attack by “radical Islamic terrorism,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, as he took part in a joint press conference at the White House with President Donald Trump.
The prime minister praised the president for what he called Trump’s resolve in fighting this phenomenon.
“Under your leadership I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam,” Netanyahu said, ahead of his much-anticipated one-on-one meeting with Trump.
The prime minister highlighted the threats posed by Iran and the Islamic State group, and vowed that Israel stood beside Trump on this issue.
Trump in turn hailed the United States’ “unbreakable” bond with Israel, and promised Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon.
“With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel,” Trump said.
“The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which I’ve talked a lot about,” he said.
“One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon.”
The Iran nuclear deal was reached in July 2015 during the tenure of Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, and went into effect the following year. Under its terms Iran agreed to dismantle part of its nuclear program, surrender enriched fuel and submit to international inspection.
But critics of the agreement, including Netanyahu, have argued that when some of the terms of the deal expire in 10 and 15 years it will leave Tehran on the threshold of building a bomb.