Netanyahu: I Will Meet With Trump in D.C. in March, Possibly Before

Netanyahu's comments come one day after he lauded U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for criticizing Palestinian leadership over Tuesday night's deadly West Bank shooting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington in March, and possibly before.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu lauded U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for criticizing Palestinian leadership over Tuesday night's West Bank drive-by shooting that left one dead.

"An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists. Hamas praises the killers and PA laws will provide them financial rewards. Look no further to why there is no peace," Friedman tweeted.

"I would like to congratulate Ambassador Friedman who tweeted direct and important comments that Abbas is supporting murderers who have murdered a father of six," Netanyahu said.

"I spoke today with the head of the Shin Bet and he briefed me on the investigation of the murderous terrorist attack. I have no doubt that it's just a question of time until we reach the murderers," he continued. "We are committed to this."

Netanyahu scolded the foreign journalists at the briefing, saying "a father to six beautiful children was cruelly murdered, but did you mention in your reporting that Abbas has been paying the terrorists?" He also criticized foreign coverage of Iran as trying to depict the current regime as "moderate."

Addressing potential funding cuts to UNRWA, Netanyahu said that the cuts will not lead to a collapse, adding that his stance on the UN agency for Palestinian refugees needs to be replaced with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.