FW: pool report on meeting with Israeli president

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Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 2:52 PM
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Subject: pool report on meeting with Israeli president

President Obama and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sat next to each other in chairs, behind them were Christmas decorations on a mantle. Obama said the meeting gives an opportunity to "reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two countries and our two people."

After the meeting President Rivlin planned to attend a White House Hannukah ceremony.

"We consider our commitment to Israeli's security to be one of the most important principles of American foreign policy. It is one that is shared by Democrats and Republicans alike," Obama said.

"I'll discuss with President Rivlin the work that we're doing to develop another memorandum of understanding that can lay the foundation for additional long term assistance for Israeli's defenses," Obama. He said they would also discuss "what is a very volatile neighborhood" in the Middle East" and "the challenges that we all face from terrorism, from instability in the Middle East."

Obama also said they would speak of the ways in which the US can be "helpful in tamping down tensions between Israeli's and Palestinians."

"Although obviously this is a time at which the prospects of a serious peace may seem distant it is important that we continue to try," Obama said.

"The obvious should be said from time to time and even be written, Israel has no greatest friend than the United States," Rivlin said.

He thanked Obama for financial, military and diplomatic help that the US had provided Israel on his watch.

"We have no war with Islam,"Rivlin said. "We have war against those who are using ideas in order to create extremism and threats towards the whole innocent people in the world.".

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