As President Trump welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House Monday, Israel Defense Forces announced they have begun striking Hamas targets along the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a residence in Israel. Mr. Trump signed a non-binding proclamation formally recognizing Israeli's sovereignty over Golan Heights, which Israel captured in 1967, undoing decades of U.S. policy in the region.
Netanyahu was supposed to have a state dinner at the White House Tuesday and address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), but cut his visit short after the residential rocket hit, as already sky-high tensions in the region build.
"The despicable attack this morning demonstrates the significant security challenges that Israel faces every single day," Mr. Trump said alongside Netanyahu at the White House. "And today I am taking historic action to promote Israel's ability to defend itself."
The visit is a high-profile visit for the embattled prime minister, who is facing a slew of corruption charges as he stands for re-election next month. The visit with the president showcases the strong ties between the U.S. and Israel as well as the warm relationship Netanyahu shares with Mr. Trump. Netanyahu praised Israel's relationship with the U.S., saying Israel has never found a stronger friendship than it does now in Mr. Trump. He also condemned the rocket striking the Israeli residence, and said Israel will always defend itself.
"Israel will not tolerate this. I will not tolerate this," Netanyahu said.