On the eve of his trip to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and Trump see ''eye-to-eye'' on both the dangers and opportunities emanating from the Mideast. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and U.S. President Donald Trump see "eye-to-eye" on the dangers emanating from the Middle East. Netanyahu made the comments to reporters before he boarded a plane for the U.S. to meet with Trump. Netanyahu opposes a Palestinian state, a senior Israeli cabinet member said on Monday, but left it unclear whether the prime minister would say that publicly in talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington this week. Netanyahu has never explicitly abandoned his conditional support for a future Palestine, and his spokesman did not respond immediately to a request to comment on Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan's remarks. Erdan belongs to Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, whose leading members have often espoused a harder line than the prime minister himself. "I think all members of the security cabinet, and foremost the prime minister, oppose a Palestinian state," Erdan told Army Radio after the forum met on Sunday on the eve of Netanyahu's departure for Washington for talks with Trump on Wednesday. "No one thinks in the next few years that a Palestinian state is something that, God forbid, might or should happen," he said in the interview. But asked if Netanyahu would voice opposition to statehood on camera when he meets Trump, Erdan said: "The prime minister has to weigh things according to what he feels in the meeting and the positions he encounters there. No one knows what the positions of the president and his staff are." Palestinians seek to establish a state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital. Israel captured those areas in a 1967 war and pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza in 2005.