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Evan Vucci / AP

President Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu delivered a joint statement before a dinner at Netanyahu's residence. They took no questions, but traded compliments and spoke of their optimism that a peace deal could be reached.

Netanyahu

  • "Mr. President I appreciate that you went to the Western Wall, and you were the first acting president that has done that, and the people of Israel applaud you for it."
  • "We've known each other for many years... but it's wonderful to see the blossoming friendship between our two wives."
  • "I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran."
  • "It won't be simple but for the first time in many years and the first time in my lifetime I see a real hope for change... I believe that together we can roll back Iran's march of aggression and terror in this region."
  • "Donald, there is no city on earth that you are more welcome in than Jerusalem."

Trump

  • "We more than friends, we are great allies...I have seen many great signs that lead me to believe we can truly achieve" peace.
  • "You honored me by being one of the first foreign leaders to visit the White House... and now you honor us again by welcoming me to your house."
  • "I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall, words fail to capture the experience, it will leave a deep impression on me forever."
  • On Palestine-Israel peace talks: "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all but I have a feeing we're going to get there eventually- I hope."

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Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

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Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.