"Peace between the Palestinians and Israel would be a fantastic achievement, and we are giving it an absolute go". We think there is a good chance that this will happen. Historically, people say it can't happen. "I think these things go together, and we look forward to talking about how we can advance both".
Netanyahu has said in recent weeks that ties between Israel and its Arab neighbours have been improving and that cooperation exists "in various ways and (at) different levels".
Palestinian leaders had been put off by Trump's administration after the president suggested he was not committed to a two-state deal.
"Israel would like to see it, and I think the Palestinians would like to see it".
The Palestinians are keen to clarify USA support for a two-state solution to the stand-off with Israel, the focus of worldwide diplomacy since at least the 1990s.
On his first day at the UNGA, the President Trump participated in a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
In 2009 and 2011, Netanyahu spoke before the UN General Assembly focusing his speech on Iran's nuclear program and the country's burning hatred for Israel. "We'll see what happens". Trump will be the second speaker at the General Assembly, at 16:00 Israel time today.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking ahead of Trump's meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron this afternoon, stressed that fully implementing the Iran nuclear deal would be critical to stopping nuclear proliferation and maintaining worldwide credibility as the world tries to address other nuclear threats like North Korea.
Netanyahu has been pushing Trump to scrap the nuclear deal, though he's running up against objections from Israeli military and intelligence leaders. The two have publicly snubbed each other and, in 2015, Netanyahu publicly scolded the Obama administration's policy towards Iran, saying it a "stunning historic mistake".
Under President Trump, the U.S. position toward Israel in the United Nations has been unequivocal; it's been strong; it's got both clarity and conviction.
Netanyahu thanked Trump for his and the United States' support for Israel, and said he wanted to focus on the Iranian threat and Tehran's growing clout in Syria. "We both see it as a problem, unlike the previous administration".