Trump arrives in Israel kicking off busy schedule for peace bid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to order his Cabinet ministers to attend the brief ceremony and tried to shove one parliamentarian out of the way as he asked Mr Trump for a selfie.

During meetings with Netanyahu on Monday, Trump focused attention on the threat from Iran but also talked about the opportunities for peace in the region and how Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations were shifting their stance, potentially opening a window towards a regional agreement.

President Donald Trump told the press in Jerusalem on Monday that he never mentioned Israel during a White House meeting with Russian officials a couple weeks ago.

Asked about his exchange with the U.S. president, Hazan told media that he was often referred to as the "Israeli Trump".

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He also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which Christians believe is the site where Jesus Christ was crucified and later resurrected. Trump's impromptu statement Monday seemed to accidentally confirm where that intelligence came from.

In remarks earlier in the day with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, Trump said he sensed "such a different feeling toward Israel" from Arab countries that are still not at peace with the Jewish State. And you know, during the campaign, he had attacked Saudi Arabia repeatedly for, quote, throwing gays off buildings, enslaving women.

On Sunday night in Riyadh after a long day of events, many of them delayed, he skipped a "tweeps" forum for young people that was to be his last activity of the day, sending daughter Ivanka in his place.

The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former USA secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion.

Netanyahu quickly reiterated the Israeli position that the intelligence relationship between the two countries is strong.

"This is a very friendly administration and we need to be considerate of the president's requests", Netanyahu explained to his ministers, according to Haaretz.

"No matter where we go, we see the signs of Iran", Trump said in comments to Netanyahu, mentioning its growing influence in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, where it is either backing Shiite fighters or has sent its own forces. He then reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a note on a folded piece of paper, and placed it into a crack in the wall. Other American leaders avoided the stop out of concern that appearing at the holiest site in Judaism would anger the Palestinians or the larger Arab world, since the status of the city of Jerusalem is a subject for peace negotiations.

Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge - at least for now. We had an fantastic two days and their feeling toward Israel is really very positive.

The Palestinian leader added that "the key to peace" in the Middle East was the independence and freedom of the Palestinian people.

Husam Zumlot, a former adviser to Abbas who is now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides. "It's beneath the dignity of the government of Israel and does not give any more respect to President Trump".

  • Leroy Wright