Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in the United States for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States on Monday (February 13) for his first set of meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump. Earlier on Monday, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said Netanyahu no longer supports Palestinian statehood, and the prime minister declined to spell out his position as he left for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump. Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, first voiced conditional backing for the creation of a Palestinian state in a policy speech in 2009. He has never publicly abandoned that commitment, which Palestinians say has been rendered worthless by settlement building on occupied land. At the Tel Aviv airport tarmac, Netanyahu sidestepped a question on whether he still stood behind a so-called two-state solution. Palestinians seek 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.