THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Jerusalem, Israel) ______________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release March 14, 1996
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AND MR. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Presidential Suite The Laromme Hotel Jerusalem, Israel
12:10 P.M. (L)
Q Mr. Netanyahu, do you see the President's visit here as a boost for Prime Minister Peres politically?
MR. NETANYAHU: No, I see it as a boost for Israel and as an effort in the war against terrorism. And that's the way I viewed it and that's the way I view it now.
Q And the $100-million antiterrorism package the President announced today, does that satisfy you, sir?
MR. NETANYAHU: Well, it's obviously a lot -- $100 million more than we had before the visit, and it's a good start.
Q Mr. President, if Mr. Netanyahu comes into power will you cooperate with him as deeply as you cooperate with Prime Minister Peres?
THE PRESIDENT: I will certainly cooperate with him. Israel is a democracy; the Israeli voters will make their decision in a few weeks, and the United States' relationship with Israel is deep, strong, and enduring. Of course, I would.
And I don't think there is much partisan difference in our country or yours on this question of fighting against terrorism. It's one of the great challenges the world faces. We've got to do a better job. We've got to strengthen it.
THE PRESS: Thank you.
END 12:15 P.M. (L)