Trump Meets With Israel's PM Netanyahu
- Author: Leroy Wright May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 20:59
But the Trump family's visit to the wall once again highlighted the issues raised by groups such as Women of the Wall, prompting concerns that Melania and Ivanka Trump would shun tradition in order to pray with the president.President Donald Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the "ultimate deal".Trump did not specify whether the U.S.is urging Israel to halt only new settlement activity, or even construction to expand existing settlements.
Earlier, as Air Force One headed to Israel, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on board Mr Trump was prepared to invest his personal efforts into Middle East peace if Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready to be serious about engaging in the process.
Speaking about the prospect of a peace deal with the Palestinians, he said: "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all". "That this ancient temple that was built there 3,000 years ago communicates the historic reality that Jerusalem is, indeed, the capital of Israel", Bekker told CBN News. He'll meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and given an address in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian issue has at best received some lip service and a few goodwill gestures from Israel under United States administration's influence ahead of Trump's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged the flight in remarks on Trump's arrival. "He wants peace", he said.
President Trump sees himself as a great dealmaker, with the personality to cut through the difficulties that have defeated lesser people.
In separate remarks on Tuesday, both Netanyahu and Abbas said they believed the time was ripe for peace, pointing to the initiative Trump has taken to facilitate a revival of peace talks - though both pointed the finger at the other side in describing the obstacles to peace.
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Perhaps nowhere else are the passions of the Israeli-Palestinian divide as plainly visible as in Jerusalem, the holy city both sides claim as their capital.
He said Israel's hand was extended in peace to all its neighbours, including the Palestinians.
His speech at the Israel Museum touched on the Jewish connection to the Holy Land, earning applause from the audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, a USA billionaire and active political supporter of both Netanyahu and Trump.
In a visit fraught with symbolism, President Trump on Monday became the first sitting US president to set foot in the Old City of Jerusalem.
The Israeli right welcomed the lack of reference to two- state solution or creation of a Palestinian state in Trump's speech much to the disappointment of several Palestinians.
The idea for the summit was finalized Sunday, when President Trump met with top Saudi officials during his weekend visit to that country.
Trump said its important to remember the victims of the Holocaust to "prevent this agony from ever repeating". At an airport greeting ceremony, Israeli Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the religious nationalist Jewish Home Party, asked Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.
He also made no reference to a question which Israel views as critical in any future negotiation with the Palestinians - recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. In Jerusalem, you will be at the Western Wall, and visit the holy Church, and then you are going to the Vatican. I can understand that during the administration of [President] Obama we were in a defensive position, but with President Trump, our stance can and must change.
Meanwhile, official IRNA news agency said the foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, strongly condemned the promotion of Iran-phobia by the U.S. "Washington stops policies such warmongering, interventions, Iran-phobia and selling unsafe and useless weapons to main terrorists supporters".