Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Sunday pledged to recognize an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during an 80-minute meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in NY.
The Republican presidential nominee also said he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital during the hour-plus meeting Sunday, the Trump campaign said in a statement issued afterward. He also was to meet with Democrat Hillary Clinton before flying home.
The topics of military assistance, security and regional stability were addressed, it said in a statement and added that the USA under a Trump administration will accept the long-standing Congressional mandate to recognise Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.
Netanyahu was expected to meet in NY with the presidential nominees of the two major parties in what could set the tone for future relations between Israel and the next White House administration.
According to the campaign, the two leaders discussed at length the nuclear deal with Iran, the battle against Ialamic State group and many other regional security concerns.
Another topic: a border wall, a cornerstone of Trump's White House bid. "Mr. Trump recognized Israel as a vital partner of the United States in the global war against radical Islamic terrorism", the statement said.
Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner attended the meeting, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.
Trump recorded a video endorsing Netanyahu in 2013. Most nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed with Mr Trump issues relating to Israel's security and its efforts to achieve stability and peace in the Middle East", it said. "The Prime Minister also thanked Mr. Trump for his friendship and support of Israel".
Netanyahu is in the United States, where he met with President Barack Obama and addressed the U.N. General Assembly this week.
Netanyahu has kept a low profile during this election cycle. A planned trip to Israel to meet the prime minister at the end of 2015 was cancelled after Netanyahu condemned Trump's call for a temporary ban on the immigration of Muslims to the United States. "We are following the number of meetings to make sure that one side doesn't get more meetings than the other".