Trump becomes first sitting United States president to visit Western Wall
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:14
Trump also told Netanyhau during a photo op that Iran should be grateful to the United States for what it got under the 2015 nuclear deal. "The nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror, so too have nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victim of terrorism and have suffered repeated barbaric attacks", said Donald Trump.
"You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower", he said in a jibe at the billion-dollar deals signed between Trump and the Saudi government.
At Rivlin's residence, Trump lashed out at Iran.
"Terrorism is sponsored through groups like Hizbollah, by Iran, but there are also Sunni Islamic terrorist groups that the Iranians are fighting, not least Islamic State in Syria".
Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among US allies in the Middle East.
"Israel shares the commitment to peace that you made yesterday".
"The majority of people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great, and they love you", Mrs. Netanyahu said.
"I hope this trip is a step on the path toward reconciliation and peace", he stressed.
Muslims worldwide on Sunday had their eyes on President Donald Trump, as he delivered his first overseas speech to Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia.
President Rivlinthanked Trump for his "commitment to Israel's ability to face the threats of today and of tomorrow". The Trump administration drew the ire of some Israelis this week when officials declined to state that the Western Wall was part of Israel, as has been USA policy.
President Donald Trump got an abrupt Israeli welcome on his arrival in Tel Aviv on Monday, with ministers asking favors and snapping selfies as they sought to get a piece of the commander in chief's attention.
While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump took office.
At a summit in Riyadh yesterday, Trump called on Arab and Muslim leaders to take the lead in combating Islamist militants, urging them to "drive them out of this earth".
Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital city - and the Western Wall is a prominent symbol of this dispute, as it runs next to one of the holiest sites in Islam, Al Aqsa Mosque.
Trump also made history Monday in becoming the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter Ivanka Trump.