Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump said they planned to discuss the “terrible” Iranian nuclear deal as well as Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects in their remarks to reports ahead of their meeting Monday.
“We’re going to be discussing many things, among them peace between the Palestinians and Israel,” Trump said alongside Netanyahu in remarks to reporters at New York’s Palace Hotel. “It would be a fantastic achievement. We’re giving it an absolute go. I think there’s a good chance that it could happen.”
Trump added, “I really think we have a chance. I think Israel would like to see it and I think the Palestinians would like to see it. And I can tell you that the Trump administration would like to see it. So we’re working very hard on it, we’ll see what happens. Historically, people say it can’t happen. I say it can happen.”
Netanyahu, speaking after Trump’s remarks, said the U.S.-Israel alliance under Trump has “never been stronger.” He said he looks forward to discussing “the way we can seize the opportunity for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab world.”
Netanyahu also mentioned that he looks forward to discussing the “terrible” Iranian nuclear deal and “how to roll back Iran’s growing aggression in the region, especially in Syria.”
In remarks to reporters after their statements, Trump said “we’ll see very soon” if he will pull the U.S. out of the Iran deal.
Earlier in the day, Trump said that the U.S. will quit the Iran deal if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog, shows “weakness” in monitoring Iran.
“We will not accept a weakly enforced or inadequately monitored deal,” Trump said in remarks to the UN agency.