Melania Trump slaps President Donald's hand away on Israel visit
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 22:04
"Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace".
Solving the Mideast peace riddle is the task of Trump's son-in-law and jack-of-all-trades troubleshooter, Jared Kushner.
He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global peace efforts and US Middle East diplomacy.
Afterwards, he is expected to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in east Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism.
But Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced during his previous stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. "They are ready to reach for peace".
The US president added that his meeting with Muslim leaders in the Riyadh summit was a historical event, and he called upon those leaders to join counterterrorism efforts, while also praising Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's role in this regard. The US president met with Abbas in the biblical city of Bethlehem, which serves as a visual relic of the complexities of the region's conflict. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life in order to boost confidence and create a genuine peace opportunity".
The Arab Peace Initiative, spearheaded by the Saudis and initially proposed in 2002, would extend alliances between Israel and numerous Arab nations for the land seized in 1967, setting into motion the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state. They were joined by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner. The first was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
Dershowitz also commended Trump for visiting the Western Wall, a site considered sacred in the Jewish faith.
Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of US and worldwide precedent.