Trump tells Netanyahu he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will today meet presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in NY, campaign aides to the Democratic and Republican nominees have confirmed.

After an hourlong meeting at Trump Tower in New York, Trump's campaign issued a statement saying the candidate described USA military assistance to Israel as an "excellent investment" for the United States and agreed with Netanyahu that Middle East peace can only be achieved when "the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish State". "Finally, Mr. Trump acknowledged that Jerusalem has been the eternal capital of the Jewish People for over 3,000 years".

The Prime Minister's Office has so far not commented on the content of their discussion, saying only that Netanyahu was accompanied by Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, and Trump was joined by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu behind closed doors here at Trump's residence in Trump Tower.

Trump also vowed "extraordinary strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries" if he's elected.

Netanyahu held a cordial meeting with incumbent President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UNGA on Wednesday, during which he thanked the United States for a $38 billion military aid deal signed last week.

The men also discussed Israel's experiences with the security fence between Israel and the West Bank. The two also spoke about terrorism in the Middle East, the Islamic State militant group, cybersecurity and Israel's economy.

Following Netanyahu's meeting later Sunday with Clinton, the Israeli premier will have met with the two major party candidates, as well as President Obama in just the last few days.


Clinton has supported a negotiated two-state solution in the region, vowed to enforce the Iran nuclear agreement and help defend Israel's security. "Israeli defense relationship in the 21st century as we face a range of common challenges".