President Donald Trump (R) and PM Netanyahu (Avi Ohayon/GPO)

“The state of Israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression,” said Trump.

US President Donald Trump had very warm words for the State of Israel when he spoke during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday.

“The state of Israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression. I can think of no other state that’s gone through what they have gone and of survival in the face of genocide. We will never forget what the Jewish people have endured,” said Trump.

“Your perseverance in the face of hostility, your open democracy in the face of violence, and your success in the face of tall odds is truly inspirational,” he added.

Trump stressed that “with this visit, the United States again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel.  The partnership between our two countries built on our shared values has advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity and peace.  These are the building blocks of democracy.”

Netanyahu reciprocated by saying that “Israel has no better ally than the United States, and I want to assure you, the United States has no better ally than Israel.”

The Israel-US “alliance is based on a deep bond of common values and common interest,” the Israeli premier stated.

“A warm and excellent meeting with President Donald Trump – a successful day for the State of Israel!” he wrote on Facebook after the meeting.

The successful meeting between the two leaders was their first since Trump took office last month. They had met in New York in September, six week before Trump’s election victory.