Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announced Wednesday he would be visiting Israel and meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the near future.
Trump didn’t specify dates, but said he was planning to make the trip “very soon,” The New York Times reported.
His remarks came a day before Trump was set to meet with top Jewish Republicans in Washington together with the other 13 Republican presidential candidates.
Addressing a campaign rally in Virginia, the real estate mogul proclaimed “I love Israel” and “Israel is our great partner,” The Washington Post reported.
The outspoken Republican frontrunner, who voiced support for Netanyahu in a YouTube video in the run-up to the Israeli parliamentary elections two years ago, told the crowd that the prime minister was “a great guy.”
“He’s a good man, he’s worked very hard, he has absolutely no support from President Obama — absolutely none,” Trump said, touting himself as “very, very pro-Israel.”
During the 2013 election campaign, Trump released a 36-second video voicing ardent support for Netanyahu, which he later said was done at Netanyahu’s behest.
“You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu — there’s nobody like him,” he said. “He’s a winner. He’s highly respected. He’s highly thought of by all. And people really do have great, great respect for what’s happened in Israel.
“And frankly, a strong prime minister is a strong Israel,” Trump said, echoing almost perfectly the Netanyahu campaign slogan: “A strong prime minister, a strong Israel.”