Solemn duty to remember Holocaust victims, says Donald Trump on memorial visit
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 19:37
President Donald Trump reportedly prayed to have God's wisdom as he touched the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday.
He arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace.
Trump said that he will exert all possible efforts to achieve a peace deal between Palestinians and Israelis, stressing that "he is looking forward to working with President Abbas to support Palestinian economy".
Air Force One touched down in Tel Aviv on Monday, straight after talks with Muslim world leaders in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh which Mr Trump said gave him fresh "reason for hope" in tackling extremism and violence in the region.
Trump was greeted with an extended standing ovation on Tuesday afternoon by a small audience of Israeli lawmakers and guests at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and his speech was punctuated by applause.
What's more, peace advocates across ethnic and ideological lines have struggled to come up with ways any American president, of any political persuasion, can shift growing skepticism among both Israelis and Palestinians as to whether a two-state solution is achievable. Ending that policy would have to be part of any terms to which he agreed, Netanyahu said.
The Israeli settlements, status of Jerusalem or whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory were not discussed. Israel built the barrier a decade ago, saying it was a defense against Palestinian militants who carried out deadly attacks.
The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.
The president spoke about signs he's sees that both sides are serious about wanting peace between their peoples. This is the last day of the USA president's visit to the Middle East. The Palestinians would love to settle the conflict by beginning the process of ejecting all of the Israelis from Israel.
Melania Trump appeared to swat away her husband's hand as he reached for her, a moment captured by hundreds of cameras, and recreated as a viral meme on social media.
"This idea of east and west Jerusalem, of the Western Wall not being part of the Jewish state was a temporary border at the end of the '48 war, a cease fire line".
The President left Israel at 4pm local time (2pm BST) for the Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis before heading to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and a G7 meeting in Italy.