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- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 14:41
During his quick stop in the region, Trump met with both Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The only direct flights from Israel to Arab states are to Egypt and Jordan, both of which signed peace treaties with Israel.
Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand. Trump also spoke about the need for peace and cooperation among Middle Eastern countries to combat terrorism.
From Israel, Trump headed to Italy for an audience with Pope Francis.
Saudi Arabia said that President Donald Trump " s speech at the Arab-Islamic summit held here contained key indicators of the USA policy on the Middle East and the horizon of cooperation that exists today with those communities.
Trump and Netanyahu in particular lavished praise on each other during their multiple meetings.
Yet some Israeli officials are less certain of Trump. His opening address to the Muslim world in 2009 also made numerous references to democracy and human rights.
Government and journalistic circles underlined that at the last of three summits in Riyadh (the first bilateral summit with King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the second one with six leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC), the USA president favored a better common future.
Palestinians, who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington.
Rouhani said that Iranians are "waiting for this government to become stable intellectually" and that "hopefully, things will settle down.so we could pass more accurate judgments".
Abbas said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors". Ross also said there were no protesters in the streets during the President's visit.
"The Americans do not know our region, that's what the catch is", Rouhani said in response to a question from The Associated Press.
Klein said his organization was pleased that Trump strongly condemned Iran, that he condemned "ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas and Iran in the same sentence - for they are all part of the same scourge of Islamist terror".
Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism. Wearing a black skullcap, he became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the most holy site at which Jews can pray.
Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani on Monday called relations with the United States "a curvy road", saying he hoped the Trump administration will "settle down" enough for his nation to better understand it.