Trump arrives in Israel, hoping to rekindle peace process
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 3:34
Also on Monday, Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, land that was seized from the Palestinians by the Israeli military during the Six-Day War in 1967. Trump meets President Abbas on Tuesday in Bethlehem.
But he added that he had a "feeling that we're going to get there eventually".
The president's visit to Saudi Arabia is described in your article as a "veritable lovefest" between the two governments.
Trump, on his first trip overseas since taking office in January, is seeking progress toward what he has called the "ultimate deal" - a peace pact between Israelis and Palestinians.
Trump has repeatedly underscored USA support for Israel during his first worldwide trip as president.
Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations. During his stay in Saudi Arabia, Trump had accused Iran of fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" in the region and called for its global isolation.
BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territory - President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned a deadly attack at a pop concert in Manchester, England as the act of "evil losers" and called on nations to band together to fight terrorism.
Trump left Riyadh for Tel Aviv ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hopes of seeking ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. "But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", he said.
"[Mahmoud Abbas] assures me he is ready to help me reach that goal", said Trump at a press conference with the Palestinian president, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "has promised the same".
Reports had not alleged, as Trump seemed to imply, that the president had directly revealed the source of the intelligence to be Israel, rather that he had provided information that could potentially compromise the intelligence source.
President Donald Trump: "Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name 'Israel, ' never mentioned it during that conversation".