Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon, marking the beginning of President Donald Trump’s first state visit to Israel.
The president was greeted on the tarmac by President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Ambassadors David Friedman and Ron Dermer, and members of the Israeli cabinet.
After his arrival, President Trump addressed the gathering of Israeli officials and top IDF brass, calling Israel “one of the world’s great civilizations” and pledging to fight terrorism in the region and across the globe.
“Thank you, and Shalom. It is wonderful to be here in Israel. President Rivlin, Mrs. Rivlin, Prime Minster Netanyahu, Mrs. Netanyahu, thank you very much. I’m deeply grateful for your invitation, and very, very honored to be with you.
“On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel.