tv President Trump Israeli Prime Minister on Middle East Plan CSPAN January 29, 2020 2:13am-3:04am EST
2, the impeachment trial of president trump continues. that gets underway at 1:00 p.m. theon c-span3, congressional budget office director testifies before the house budget committee on the agency' es budget and economic agency's budget and economic outlook. after that, jerome powell holds a conference after the fed's first monetary policy meeting of the year. and after that, joe biden holds an event with caucus-goers in council bluffs, iowa. today at the white house, president trump and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu spoke about the trump administration's middle east plan. ♪
realizing that terrorism and islamic extremism are everyone's common enemy. yesterday i had the pleasure of meeting with the prime minister of israel and a man that's working very hard to become the prime minister of israel in the longest running election of all time. [laughter] gantz of thebenny blue and white party. both leaders joined me to express their support for this effort, proving that the state of israel looking for peace and that peace transcends politics by any measure. that's what they want. [applause] pres. trump: on my first trip overseas as president, i visited the holy land of israel. i was deeply moved and amazed by what this small country had achieved in the face of overwhelming odds and neverending threats.
the state of israel comprises only a minuscule amount of land in the middle east, and yet it has becoming a thriving center of democracy, innovation, culture, and commerce. israel is a light unto the world. the land of israel is an ancient home to the people and a reminder we will never repeat history's darkest hour. [applause] pres. trump: during my trip to israel, i also met with the palestinian president in bethlehem. i was saddened by the fate of the palestinian people. they deserve a far better life. they deserve the chance to achiever their extraordinary potential.
palestinians have been trapped in a cycle of terrorism and violence, exploited by those seeking to use them as pawns to advance terrorism and extremism. i returned from my visit determined to find a constructive path, and it's got to be a very powerful path forward in the israeli-palestinian conflict. to further this effort, i also met with president abbas at the white house, forging peace between israelis and palestinian's may be the most difficult challenge of all. all prior administrations from president lyndon johnson have but iand bitterly failed, was not elected to do small things or shy away from big problems. [applause]
pres. trump: it's been a long and very arduous process to arrive at this moment. on sunday, i delivered to prime my vision foryahu peace, prosperity, and a brighter future for israelis and palestinians. this vision for peace is fundamentally different from past proposals. in the past, even the most well-intentioned plans were light on factual details and heavy on conceptual frameworks. our plan is 80 pages and is the most detailed proposal ever put forward by far. as i have seen throughout my long career as a dealmaker, complex problems require nuanced, fact-based remedies. that's why our proposal provides precise technical solutions to make israelis, palestinians, and
the region safer and much more prosperous. my vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides, a realistic two state solution that provides palestinian statehood to israel's security. has taken a giant step toward peace. yesterday, prime minister netanyahu informed he's being to direct for the basis of negotiations, and i will say the general also endorsed and very strongly with the palestinians, a historic breakthrough. likewise, we have really a situation having to do with a race that is taking place right now.
it will end, and we have the support, and it's very important to say this, of both parties and almost all people in israel. they want peace, and they want peace badly. [applause] pres. trump: this is the first time israel has authorized the release of a conceptual map illustrating the territorial compromises it's willing to make for the cause of peace. they've gone a long way. this is an unprecedented and highly significant development. mr. prime minister, thank you for having the courage to take this bold step forward. [applause]
pres. trump: we have a lot of powerful people in this room, a lot of the people that can help make it work. that's quite a thunderous applause. thank you very much. we will form a joint committee with israel to convert the conceptual map into a more detailed and calibrated rendering so recognition can be immediately achieved. [applause] pres. trump: we will also work contiguous territory within the future palestinian state, for when the conditions
that for you, right. we've already done that. that's ok. it's going to remain that way. the united states will recognize israeli sovereignty over the territory that my vision provides to be part of the state of israel. very important. [applause] crucially, the proposed transition to a two-state solution will present no incremental security risk to the state of israel. we will not allow a return to the days of bloodshed, bus bombings, nightclub attacks, and relentless terror. peace requires compromise, but we will never ask israel to compromise its security. can't do that. [applause]
pres. trump: as everyone knows, i've done a lot for israel. moving the united states embassy to jerusalem. [applause] pres. trump: recognizing the golan heights. [applause] pres. trump: and frankly, most importantly, getting out of the terrible iran nuclear deal. [applause] pres. trump: there's a lot of spirit in this room. it's true. you don't see it often. it's only reasonable that i have to do a lot for the palestinians or just wouldn't be fair.
don't clap for that. it's true. it wouldn't be fair. i want this deal to be a great deal for the palestinians. it has to be. today's agreement is a historic opportunity for the palestinians to finally achiever an independent state of their very own. after 70 years of little progress, this could be the last opportunity they will ever have . and last for a lot of reasons. we'll never have a team like we have right now. we have a team of people that love the united states, and they love israel, and they are very smart and very, very committed, from your ambassador, david friedman -- [applause] pres. trump: to jason and avi and jared. [applause]
they are all great dealmakers and they understand the other side. they want the other side to do well because that's the sign of a great deal. they understand that. i appreciate all the hard work you put in and so many of your other friends and our great secretary of state, mike pompeo. [cheers and applause] pres. trump: whoa! [applause] pres. trump: that's impressive. that was very impressive. that reporter couldn't have done too good a job on you yesterday. [laughter] pres. trump: i think you did a good job on her. that's good. thank you, mike. are you running for senate? i guess the answer is no after that. [laughter] pres. trump: they all want him to. kansas, great state. they want him to, but you're doing a great job. don't move. the palestinian people have grown distrustful after years of
unfulfilled promises. so true. yet i know they're ready to escape their tragic past and realize a great destiny. but we must break free of yesterday's failed approaches. this map will more than double the palestinian territory and provide a palestinian capital in eastern jerusalem, where america will proudly open an embassy. [applause] pres. trump: no palestinians or israelis will be uprooted from their homes. [applause] pres. trump: israel will work closely with a wonderful person, a wonderful man, the king of jordan to ensure that the status quo of the temple mount is preserved and strong measures are taken to ensure that all muslims who wish to visit peacefully and pray at the mosque will be able to do so.
this is a major statement. this is of major importance. and at the same time, our vision will deliver massive commercial investment of $50 billion into the new palestinian state. you have many, many countries that want to partake in this, and many of them are surrounding. they all want this to happen. virtually every one of them want this to happen. i think, bibi, you know that very well. you'll have tremendous support from your neighbors and beyond your neighbors. over the next 10 years, if executed well, one million palestinian jobs will be created. their poverty will be cut in half, and their poverty rate is unacceptable now and only getting worse. their gdp will double and hope,, and much-needed joy, opportunity, and prosperity will finally arrive for the palestinian people. our vision will end the cycle of palestinian dependency upon charity and foreign aid. they will be doing phenomenally all by themselves.
they are a very, very capable people. [applause] and we will help by helping the palestinians thrive on their own. palestinians will be able to seize the new future with dignity, self-sufficiency and national prize to ensure successful palestinian state. we are asking the palestinians to meet the challenges of peaceful coexistence. [applause] pres. trump: this includes adopting basic laws in training againstghts, protecting financial and political corruption, stopping the malign activities of hamas, ending the
incitement of hate against israel, and permanently halting the financial compensation to terrorists. [applause] pres. trump: perhaps most importantly, my vision gives the palestinians the time needed to rise up and meet the challenges of statehood. i sent a letter today to the president. i explained that the territory allocated for his new state will remain open and undeveloped for a period of four years. during this time, palestinians can use all appropriate deliberation to study the deal, negotiate with israel, achieve
the criteria for statehood, and become a truly independent and wonderful state. president abbas, i want you to know that if you choose the path to peace, america and many other countries -- we will be there to help you in so many different ways, and we will be there every step of the way. we will be there to help. [applause] in other words, for the first time in many, many decades, i can say, it will work. it's going to work. if they do this, it will work. your response to this historic opportunity will show the world to what extent you're ready to lead the palestinian people to state hood. the middle east is changing rapidly. on my first trip aboard as president, i traveled to saudi arabia to discuss our shared priorities with 54 liters of
hem -- with the 54 leaders of the muslim and arab countries. i made clear that all civilized nations share the same goals, stamping out extremism, creating opportunity for the region's youth -- and we have to take care of the region's youth. the region's youth is growing up with no hope. and existing in harmony with one's neighbors. since that time, immense progress has been made. a growing number of nations have taken strong stands against terrorism and radicalization. you see it. thanks to the courage of u.s. forces, the isis territorial caliphate, 100%, not 95%, not 99% or any other percent. 100% of the caliphate, isis, is destroyed, and its savage
leader, al-baghdadi, is now dead. [applause] pres. trump: we have great senators and congressmen and women here, and i want to thank you all for the tremendous help. jim, ted, everybody. our leader, thank you. these are great people that work so hard, and they love this country. isolatedan regime is and weakened greatly. ,e eliminated qasem soleimani the world's top terrorist. [applause]
pres. trump: and as you know, he was with the head of hezbollah. i don't think they were up to anything good. i don't think so. he ran an organization called jerusalem, liberation forces, and used his hatred, total, severe hatred of israel as a rallying cry to divert attention from the incompetence and shortcomings of his government. he falsely promoted the sinister notion that a free jerusalem, we must be at war with israel. so to have it free, we have to be at war with israel. he said it very, very powerfully. in fact, it's been in this false war that israel, really the enemies of peace, they just used it as an excuse to divide and totally oppress the middle east. in truth, jerusalem is liberated. [applause]
pres. trump: jerusalem is a safe, open, democratic city that welcomes people of all faiths and all places. it is time for the muslim world to fix the mistake it made in 1948 whether it chose to attack instead of recognize the new state of israel. it's time. [applause] since then, the amount of needless bloodshed and all squandered opportunities, so many squandered opportunities in the name of senseless causes, is beyond measure.
the palestinians have been the primary pawn in this regional adventurism, and it's time for this sad chapter in history to end, end quickly, end now. it's never too late for courageous leaders to set a new course to pursue what is right, to change the future only for the better. america is prepared to work with all parties on our vision. so many other countries are willing, ready, and able to work with us. i've spoken to many of them. i cannot believe the amount of support this morning has. i cannot believe it. i have been called by leaders, boris called, so many called, and they're all saying whatever we can do to help. they all want to see it happen. [applause]
pres. trump: but america cannot care more about peace than the stakeholders in the region. there are many muslims who never visited alaxa and many who visited the west bank described so vividly in the bible. my vision will change that. our majestic biblical heritage will be able to live, breathe, and flourish in modern times. all humanity should be able to enjoy the glories of the holy land. this part of the world is forever connected to the human soul and the human spirit. these ancient lands should not be symbols of conflict, but eternal symbols of peace. thank you, again, for all of the work you've all done and all of these incredible, honored guests for being here. and in particular i want to thank prime minister netanyahu. i also want to thank oman , bahrain, and the united arab
emirates for the incredible work they've done, helping us with so much and sending their ambassadors to be with us today. thank. -- thank you very much. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. please give our regards. america's partnerships in the region have never been greater, and our alliance with the state of israel has never ever been stronger than it is today. [applause] together we can bring about a new dawn in the middle east.
and i would now, again, just like to thank everybody. very special group of people, an incredible group of people. so many have been with us on this journey right from the beginning, and we're getting there. they say it's the toughest deal ever to make. in business, when i have a tough deal, people would say this is tougher than the israelis and the palestinians. they used it as an excuse. [laughter] pres. trump: meaning that was always the standard. actually, there's nothing tougher than this one, but we have to get it done. we have an obligation to hue -- to humanity to get it done. [applause] i would like to introduce the prime minister who's worked so hard on this, benjamin netanyahu. thank you. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: in the middle
p.m. netanyahu: national security adviser mayor chabad. thank you too, mayor. and our entire delegation. we're honored to be here with you, mr. president, with secretary of state mike pompeo, we applaud you, mike. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: secretary of the treasury steve mnuchin, national security adviser robert o'brien, america's u.n. ambassador kelly kraft, jared kushner, and ivanka, it's good to see you both! [cheers and applause] p.m. netanyahu: it's good to see the unfailingly energetic and
optimistic ambassador david freeman, jason greenblatt, bobby berkowitz, and and the rest of your exceptional peace plan, mr. president. it's good to be here with the other distinguished ladies and gentlemen of your administration, with senators and members of congress who are israel's greatest friends on capitol hill. thank you. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: thank you. with the ambassadors of the united arab emirates, bahrain, pleasure to see you here, and what a sign it pertains -- i was going to say of the future.
what a sign it pertains of the present! [applause] p.m. netanyahu: to all of you and to the many distinguished -- other distinguished guests who are here today, this is a historic day. and it recalls another historic day. we remember may 14th, 1948, because on that day, president truman became the first world leader to recognize the state of israel after our first prime minister declared our independence. that day chartered a brilliant future. mr. president, i believe that down the decades, and perhaps down the centuries, we will also
remember january 28th, 2020, because on this day you became the first world leader to recognize israel's sovereignty over areas of today a and judrea andt our -- of samaria that are vital to our heritage. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: and on this day, you too have chartered a brilliant future, a brilliant future for israelis, palestinians, and the region, by presenting a realistic path to a durable peace. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: since the moment of its birth, israel has yearned for peace with our palestinian neighbors and peace with the broader arab world. for decades, that peace has
proved illusive, despite so many well-intentioned plans, one after the other, they failed. why did they fail? they failed because they did not strike the right balance between israel's vital security and national interests and the palestinians' aspirations for self-determination. too many plans tried to pressure israel to withdraw from vital territory like the jordan valley. but you, mr. president, you recognized that israel must have sovereignty in the jordan valley and other strategic areas of judea and samaria.
rather than pay easy lip service and shut your eyes and hope for the best, you recognize that israel must have sovereignty in places that enable israel to defend itself by itself. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: for too long, far too long, the very heart of the land of israel where our patriots prayed, our prophets preached, and our kings ruled, has been outrageously branded as illegally occupied territory. today, mr. president, you are puncturing this big lie. [applause] you areanyahu: recognizing israel's sovereignty over all the jewish communities large andnd samaria,
small alike. these, as the distinguished pastors who are here know very well, these are places inscribed in the pages of the bible. these are places carved into the bedrock of our common civilization. the sacred tomb where the fathers and mothers of the jewish people are buried. where jacob dreamed of a ladder ascending to the heavens. where the ark of the covenant that held the ten commandments 14 centuries -- sorry, for centuries, that's what happened there. thanks to you, mr. president, these areas and so many others , that for millennia have been etched in the soul of the jewish people and have inspired the imaginations of millions around the world and across the world,
these areas will now be recognized as a permanent part .f the jewish state [applause] p.m. netanyahu: mr. president, because of this historic recognition, and because i believe your peace plan strikes the right balance where other plans have failed, i've agreed to negotiate peace with the palestinians on the basis of your peace plan. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: it's a great plan for israel. it's a great plan for peace. frankly, mr. president, given all that you've already done for israel, i'm not surprised. you have been the greatest
friend that israel has ever had in the white house. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: frankly, though we've had some great outstanding friends in these halls, it's not even close. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: your decisions to recognize jerusalem as israel's capital, to recognize israel's sovereignty over the golan heights, to reaffirm israel's claims in judea andjaw
and samaria, to confront -- that's not the word, --eliminate cousin solemani solemani. to support israel in the intelligent fields and military fields, all of this bear testament to the friendship and depth of your leadership and commitment to israel. from our very first meeting here in the white house three years ago, you repeatedly made clear your commitment to help israel achieve peace with the palestinians and peace with the rest of the arab world. mr. president, i share that commitment, and i look forward to working with you to achieve a peace that will protect israel's security, provide the palestinians with dignity and their own national life, and improve israel's relations with the arab world.
your peace plan advances all these goals. first, it addresses the root cause of the conflict. the -- and by insisting that the palestinians will finally have to recognize israel as the jewish state. [applause] second, it stipulates that israel will retain security control in the entire area west of the jordan river, thereby giving israel a permanent eastern border. a permanent eastern border to defend ourselves across our longest border. this is something we've longed to have. we now have such a recognized border. third, your plan calls for hamas to be disarmed and for gaza to be demilitarized. [applause] makesetanyahu: fourth, it
clear that the palestinian refugee problem must be solved outside the state of israel. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: fifth, it calls for jerusalem to remain united under israel's sovereignty. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: and, of course, it ensures that religious sites remain accessible to all faiths , and it maintains the status quo on the temple mount. sixth, your plan does not uproot anyone from their homes, israelis and palestinians alike. instead, it proposes innovative solutions whereby israelis will be connected to israel and whereby palestinians will also be connected to one another. it helps if you have these these real estate people, you know. they can come up with -- they can come up with things normal human beings don't think about,
and they have. mr. president, israel wants the palestinians to have a better life. we want them to have a future of national dignity, prosperity, and hope. your peace plan offers the palestinians such a future. your peace plan offers the palestinians a pathway to a future state. i know that it may take them a very long time to reach the end of that path. it may even take them a very long time to get to the beginning of that path. but if the palestinians are genuinely prepared to take that path, if they're genuinely prepared to make peace with the jewish states and agree to abide by the conditions you put forward in your plan, israel will be there. israel will be prepared to negotiate peace right away. [applause]
p.m. netanyahu: regardless of the palestinian decision, israel will preserve the path of peace in the coming years. for at least four years, israel will maintain the status quo in areas that your plan does not designate as being part of israel in the future. and at the same time, israel will apply its laws to the jordan valley, to all the jewish communities in judea and samaria, and to other areas that your plan designates as part of israel in which the united states has agreed to recognize as part of israel. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: i like that. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: this decision will protect israel's security, ensure israel's national
interests, and leave open the possibility of a political settlement with the palestinians in the coming years. mr. president, i hope the palestinians embrace your vision of peace, embrace the plan that you and your team and us worked so hard to achieve. i hope that they seize the opportunity offered by your sweeping economic plan. i've read it. it takes enormous talent to reject $50 billion worth of investment. i know what that does to an economy. i know what it will do to palestinian lives. i know what it will do to the youth of the region. i hope that the palestinians embrace this and build with israel a future of prosperity and peace. i also hope that our other arab neighbors embrace your vision and forge a path of reconciliation with israel that can create for all of us a brilliant future.
mr. president, i want to congratulate your fantastic team. there's no other word. your fantastic peace deal for all their work. jason greenblatt. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: thank you, jason, for the terrific job you did as america's peace envoy for nearly three years. abby berkowitz, thank you for stepping up. thank you, avi, for stepping up from your important behind-the-scenes role and ably working in those past few months to get this plan done. ambassador david friedman, thank you, david. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: thank you for your essential contribution to
this effort, and for the terrific job you do every day to strengthen the great alliance between israel and america. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: and jared kushner, without your wisdom, your persistence, your resolve, this day would have never come. [applause] p.m. netanyahu: i know how much the jewish future means to you and to your family. well, jared, today you have helped secure that future. the jewish state owes you and it owes president trump an eternal debt of gratitude. [cheers and applause]
p.m. netanyahu: mr. president, on that historic day of may 14, and david ben-gurion president truman had a fateful decision to make. many argued that ben-gurion should not declare israel's independence. many argued to truman that they should not recognize the independent state. but both leaders understood the magnitude. they seized the moment and they changed history. like you, mr. president, i understand the magnitude of this moment.
with you, mr. president, i'm prepared to seize the moment and change history. i know that there will be opposition. there's always opposition. i know there will be many obstacles along the way. much criticism. but we have an old jewish saying. if not now, when? and if not us, who? mr.aking foreign language] president, your deal of the century is the opportunity of the century and rest assured israel will not miss this opportunity. mr. president, donald, israel is blessed to have your friendship and your powerful leadership and israel is blessed to have the friendship of the greatest power on earth, the united states of america.
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