Dealmaker Trump seeks Israeli and Arab push for peace

Trump also said the meeting had given him "new reasons for hope" that peace could be achieved.

Addressing parliament, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jerusalem's Temple Mount and Western Wall will remain under Israel's control "forever".

But Rubio, who sparred with Trump on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, said the Palestinians' view of peace is at odds with those of the American people.

A senior official who was part of the Palestinian delegation said Trump is planning to try to relaunch peace talks, with a goal of reaching an agreement within a year.

"The majority of people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great, and they love you", Mrs. Netanyahu said.

The White House made another unfortunate typo in a live video feed of Trump's visit to Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, by incorrectly spelling the museum "Vad Vanshem" - something that sounds closer to the name of a Dutch count. And just after Trump makes the statement, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, is seen running his hand through his hair - a move that some have interpreted as embarrassment on the president's behalf.

U.S. President Donald Trump strove to warm ties with the Middle East during his first overseas trip since taking office, but the lack of detail in his plans for peace have left some wondering whether he would only add to turmoil in the region. The White House claims the President was unaware that Israel was the source.

The Washington Post on May 15 reported that Trump told his Russian visitors about sensitive information that had been provided to the USA government through an intelligence partnership.

Trump, in line with Israel's positions on the Palestinian struggle against occupation, insisted that 'peace can never take root in a place where violence is tolerated, financed and even rewarded'.

At the same time, he urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world. In Jerusalem, you will be at the Western Wall, and visit the holy Church, and then you are going to the Vatican.

He was greeted warmly by Netanyahu, who said he "shares the commitment to peace" with Trump. As a first step, US negotiators are trying to goad reluctant Israeli and Palestinian leaders back to the negotiating table; and they might succeed, because neither side wants to say "no" to the president.

He has since said the move was still being looked at.

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism. Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognizing Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of United States and worldwide precedent.

First and foremost, Bennett said, he would push for construction in East Jerusalem, where it has slowed down over the eight years of the Barack Obama administration. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.

After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican along with Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings.

  • Salvatore Jensen