Netanyahu meets with Trump, Clinton on eve of first presidential debate


( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met separately with the two U.S. presidential candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, in New York City on Sunday.

Republican nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Sunday. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO. 

The meetings, which took place on the eve of the first highly-anticipated presidential debate, was held at Trump’s residence at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, while his meeting with Clinton took place at the W Hotel in Union Square.

The Prime Minister’s Office issued a short statement following Netanyahu’s meeting with Trump, saying the two discussed “issues relating to Israel's security and its efforts to achieve stability and peace in the Middle East.”

According to a Trump campaign statement following the meeting, they discussed issues such as the Islamic State, the nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. military aid to Israel, as well as Israel’s technology economy and cyber-defense advances.

"Mr. Trump recognized that Israel and its citizens have suffered far too long on the front lines of Islamic terrorism," the Trump campaign said, Fox News reported. "He agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Israeli people want a just and lasting peace with their neighbors, but that peace will only come when the Palestinians renounce hatred and violence and accept Israel as a Jewish state.”

The Trump campaign added that, if elected, Trump would also recognize Jerusalem as the “undivided capital of the State of Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shaking hands with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in New York City on Sunday. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO. 

During the nearly hour-long meeting with Clinton, Netanyahu discussed with her Israel’s positions on regional issues as well as its efforts to achieve peace and promote stability in the Middle East.

The two also discussed U.S. defense aid to Israel, as well as the deep military and intelligence relationship between the two countries.

Clinton pledged to Netanyahu that she would prevent any attempts to delegitimize Israel and that she would work to prevent any external intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, such as through a U.N. Security Council resolution.

Posted on September 26, 2016 .