Netanyahus Get Flowers from First Lady

Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife were greeted with a bouquet of flowers from America’s First Lady Melania Trump as they arrived on Sunday for a five-day visit in the U.S.

The Prime Minister’s Office said a note accompanying the flowers reads: “We hope you enjoy your stay at Blair House. We look forwarding to seeing you. Best and warm wishes, Melania Trump.”

The friendly greeting was a notable contrast to the Netanyahus treatment at home, where police investigators grilled them for five hours on Friday in connection with ongoing corruption cases.

PM Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump before addressing the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which runs from Sunday through Tuesday. PM Netanyahu is to speak on the last day.

At the Sunday morning session of AIPAC, Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer told the gathering that Pres. Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Yerushalayim “will be remembered forever by the Jewish people.”

Dermer said that the embassy move “punctures this great lie that the Jewish people are colonialists in the Land of Israel,” as promulgated by the Palestinians.

Others slated to speak at the conference include Vice President Mike Pence and Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley.