Trump Arrives In Israel For Second Leg Of International Trip
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 16:22
Israel says strike leader Marwan Barghouti, a potential successor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, is using it to raise his political profile.
"This includes a renewed effort at peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians".
Though an Israeli official said the relationship is unchanged, many wonder if Trump's discussion will affect it.
Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations.
"Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel", Netanyahu said late Sunday, adding that the Western Wall "will always remain under Israeli sovereignty".
Trump has sent mixed signals about how he will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but the U.S. president has been widely seen as considerably more supportive of Israel than his predecessor, Barack Obama.
"The security cabinet has approved economic measures that will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps", the cabinet statement said.
Trump arrived in Israel on Monday after taking part in a summit of Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, where he urged Muslim-majority countries to take the lead in combating Islamist extremism.
"To the extent the Israelis have any questions, or clarification, I'm sure we're happy to provide that", Tillerson said.
David Friedman, the new US ambassador to Israel, told the newspaper Israel Hayom that Trump's goal at the start is simply "to begin a discussion that would hopefully lead to peace".
Some even called for an end to the idea of a Palestinian state.
"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe, not as hard as people have thought over the years", Trump said last month during a meeting with Abbas.
Trump has pitched himself as a "mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" to help both sides to reach a lasting peace settlement and has resisted laying out specific conditions for a peace deal. We need to try and come together to address that.
The alleys and passageways of Jerusalem's ancient Old City, which Trump will visit later in the day, were essentially under lockdown. He has carefully avoided antagonizing the Palestinians, including by so far violating a campaign pledge to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer would only say the West Wall is in Jerusalem, without clarifying whether the administration believes the Western Wall is in Israel.
Trump called Israel a "strong, resilient, determined and prosperous nation" and alluded to the Holocaust, saying the United States "will not allow the horror and atrocities of the last century to be repeated". He reminded Trump that Israel this week marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
More than 600,000 Jewish people live in about 140 settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967. He has met with Greenblatt recently to discuss his proposed Israel-to-Saudi Arabia train track, a bid to bolster commercial ties.