US President Donald Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 18:06
"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people".
His first stop will be the Kaneesat al-Qeyaamah, or Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
The reason for passing on a visit to one of the Holiest sites in Jerusalem is the controversy such a visit would create. USA first lady Melania Trump, right, and Sara Netanyahu talk to children during a visit to Hadassa hospital in Jerusalem, Monday, May 22, 2017. Israel has controlled both the eastern and western sides of Jerusalem since 1967, although the Palestinians consider East Jerusalem their capital. But what will his position be on Israeli settlement building? For Israel to legally claim Jerusalem, it will have to be as part of an overall agreement.
At today's public appearance, Netanyahu did not appear to be disturbed about Trump's disclosure of intelligence.
The dispute deepened the following day when Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, declined to say whether the Western Wall is in Israel, dismissing the question as "a policy decision" that he would not answer.
On May 21, world leaders, including Saudi King Salman and Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi joined Trump in the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremism headquartered in Riyadh.
"We're having very good discussions with all parties and as long as we see that happening, then we don't intend to do anything that we think could upset those discussions", the official said.
One child held up a Mickey Mouse balloon.
Trump has said he wants to broker a deal that has proven elusive for the past two decades. "That's Palestinian law. That law has to be changed", Mr. Netanyahu said. The ally was later reported to have been Israel.
Protesters blocked roads elsewhere in the West Bank.
The Palestinian prisoners' affairs committee called for a "day of rage" on Tuesday, for "the voice of the prisoners to be heard by the president". The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.
"It is something that I think is frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", Trump said when meeting Abbas in Washington earlier this month. "On the other hand, the differences between the Israelis and the Palestinians are as wide and deep as ever and there's a high level of mistrust and hostility not just between the peoples but between the two leaders themselves".
Indeed White House aides have tried to play down expectations, casting the trip as more symbolic than substantive.
Trump sparked concern when he backed away from the long US commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict, saying he could support one state if it meant peace.
He has since said the move was still being looked at.
Abbas spoke after a meeting with Trump on Tuesday in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Netanyahu's order came after he stopped short a meeting of the heads of his governing coalition on Sunday, after most ministers refused to come to the airport.
Netanyahu concurred, adding that the strong stance the White House has taken on Iran "helps propel the possibility of reconciliation and peace between Israel and the Arab world".