Trump Travels To Bethlehem For Meeting With Abbas
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 21:14
Trump's speech drew on the symbolic nature of his first foreign trip, as he has jetted from Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, to Israel and then to the Vatican on Tuesday night, calling on members of the three faiths to "set aside our sectarian differences" and work toward peace.
Trump and Netanyahu in particular lavished praise on each other during their multiple meetings.
The US president was one of a number of world leaders the Prime Minister spoke to by phone after chairing a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall.
It remains unclear how Trump sees a path to peace emerging from a common interest among Israelis and Arabs in confronting Iran.
The US president's high-security cavalcade of about 60 vehicles drove through closed roads in Jerusalem to the town five miles to the south.
Both men met separately with Trump at the White House in recent months.
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.
Thousands of Palestinians have staged a rally in the Gaza Strip to denounce a trip by US President Donald Trump to the occupied territories, while condemning his earlier designation of resistance against the Israeli regime as a from of terrorism.
After the short meeting, Abbas and Trump held a press conference at the Presidential headquarters in Bethlehem.
Later on Tuesday Mr Trump returned to Jerusalem, visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Children were among the dead, police said. But the piece makes no mistake about Trump's growing popularity among people and that he is the anti-thesis to Barack Obama and that according to the piece is a like a "commendation" because most Israelis were suspicious of Obama. This morning on Twitter, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
"So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life", he said.
Trump says "civilized nations must join together to protect human life".
Mr Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism.
Mr Trump became the first serving American president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the holiest place where Jews can pray. But in Bethlehem on Tuesday, Trump indicated that he sees the direction reversed - or, rather, restored to the time-honored formula first laid down in the 2002 Saudi peace initiative: First, Israelis and Palestinians need to sign a peace treaty. Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone.
In another report, an unnamed Israeli intelligence source told Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot that Israel will have to reassess what information it shares with the US and not hand over the most sensitive of it. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.