Pres. Trump Visit to Israel

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack, although authorities said they had yet to uncover any connections between suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, and any wider terrorist organization. "And I mean completely obliterated".

"President Trump is really, really serious and he thinks peace is possible". After years of butting heads with Trump's predecessor, Netanyahu celebrated a new American president's arrival as a moment of hope in the stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinians.

Donald Trump's first official overseas trip as U.S. president has produced yet another viral moment for the internet to obsess over.

But he also touched on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, again vowing he was "personally committed" to helping the two sides reach a deal.

Abbas spoke after a meeting with Trump on Tuesday in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem.

As Daniel pointed out, Trump came face-to-face with a major symbol of Israel's occupation during his journey to Bethlehem this morning "when his motorcade sped through a gap in the Israeli separation barrier that separates Israel from the West Bank".

Abbas also reiterated his commitment to creating an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and which lives in peace with Israel. "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an unbelievable accomplishment", he said.

Trump's visit to the wall comes after United States officials meeting with their Israeli counterparts to arrange Trump's visit sparked off a controversy by contending that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank - which is not U.S. policy.

Back in Israel, he will tour the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and deliver a speech at the Israel Museum - expected to be his longest public remarks during the visit - before departing for the Vatican. Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel. Some Palestinians said they were disappointed by the omission.

He solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday.

The White House promptly distanced itself from those remarks, saying they were not sanctioned by official channels and did not represent the president.

Yet Trump himself brought up a source of criticism. Mimran said at his trial in June that he donated the money to the Israeli leader for the 2009 election campaign. But Trump hasn't been accused of doing that. But Trump's offhand remark was another stark reminder that his troubles at home, including the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russian Federation and his firing of FBI Director James Comey, have followed him across the ocean.

  • Carolyn Briggs