Trump lashes out at Iran during Jerusalem visit
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 13:44
"The majority of people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great, and they love you", she said, the Washington Post reported.
In Jerusalem's walled Old City, Trump toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest place where Israel allows Jews to pray in a city sacred to three religions.
Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall in the disputed city, placing his hand on one of the most sacred sites in Judaism in a highly symbolic move. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.
Trump arrived in Tel Aviv for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories and as he tried to take his wife's hand on a red carpet on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport, the first lady appeared to push it back.
The Israeli leader can, despite some harsh opposition from within his coalition, approve a package of goodwill gestures aimed at alleviating the material conditions of Palestinians - and also show Trump Israel can play along.
Dershowitz also called on Trump to employ his negotiating and dealmaking skills to help bring peace in the Middle East.
"Because the majority of the people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us so we tell them how you are great, so they love you", Mrs. Netanyahu said.
U.S. President Donald Trump meetins with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 22, 201 in Israel.
Trump said there were opportunities for cooperation across the Middle East: "That includes advancing prosperity, defeating the evils of terrorism and facing the threat of an Iranian regime that is threatening the region and causing so much violence and suffering".
Prior to the trip, Trump's administration drew controversy by declining to say whether it belonged to Israel.
"We have to get Oren Hazan out of parliament, and the sooner the better", said Benjamin Lachkar, a member of Likud's central committee, on Facebook.
Any leader would face an enormous challenge in seeking to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together for meaningful talks, and Trump's inexperience and domestic political struggles will only add to it.
Still, Trump's effort is not based entirely on the delusions that led Obama to believe pressure on Israel would convince the Palestinians to meet him halfway.
"Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians", Trump said as he met with Abbas at the White House earlier this month.
He has since said the move was still being looked at.
However, the United States remains Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion in defence aid annually.
It is highly unlikely that even President Trump's outsize personality will be enough, on its own, to end a conflict that has lasted more than a century. According to his speech, Trump is looking for a path forward as a result of meetings with the leaders of Israel and Palestine.