Trump uses Israel visit to champion 'ultimate deal' for peace

At Rivlin's residence, Trump lashed out at Iran.

"You know in Israel all the people like us".

When Trump landed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a tweet acknowledging he hopes someone in his position might make the reverse trip one day. Turning to the prime minister, who joined him for the speech, Trump said, "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace".

"At this stage of an administration, keeping your cards close to your vest is probably not a bad thing", said Dennis Ross, who served as a Middle East peace envoy under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

Four months into Trump's tenure, the nuclear deal is intact.

"So many young, handsome innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life", Trump said, echoing the theme he presented during his meetings with Arab leaders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

She does think the President's trip will help spark the beginning of a better relationship between the two. Still, no publication pointed fingers at President Trump for mentioning "Israel".

The United States brands Iran a "state sponsor of terrorism".

Mr. President. You came here to Israel from Saudi Arabia.

Trump declared that he would not call the attackers "monsters", a term he believes they would prefer, instead choosing "losers", a longtime favorite Trump insult and one he has directed at comedian Rosie O'Donnell, Cher and others.

In some ways, Trump is approaching the issue differently.

"I can't think of anything that speaks louder to me, we have more in common than what's different", says Gott. "Power should not pass on through inheritance, but through elections".

Trump, wearing a black kippa, stood for a few moments in silent prayer in the men's section of what is known in Hebrew as the kotel, with his hand placed on the wall, while his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka prayed in the women's section.

Meanwhile, breaking longstanding tradition, Trump became the first sitting American president to ever visit the Old City of Jerusalem.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy". He presented it nearly entirely from the standpoint of a gesture needed to give cover to the reactionary Sunni Arab oil sheikdoms so that they can openly align themselves with Israel.

President Trump's talks with his Palestinian counterpart is largely being seen as symbolic, but the two may discuss steps to take Palestinian-Israeli talks forward, reports the Express Tribune.

Trump pledged to work towards this goal, but analysts have pointed out that strengthened US-Israeli ties under his administration do not bode well for a solution to the long-standing conflict. Nor, for that matter, did he publicly press Israel to curb settlement construction in the West Bank, as Palestinians had hoped.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

More than 1,000 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank marched to the Qalandiya checkpoint from Ramallah, carrying posters of Palestinian inmates on hunger strike in Israeli prisons, and setting off clashes with Israel soldiers who fired tear-gas containers, rubber bullets, and live ammunition.

  • Zachary Reyes