Israel and Arab states have 'common cause over Iranian threat'

"Trump is coming for his own benefit", said Maher Abu Dahoud, a 40-year-old waiter sitting on a worn stone pathway on Al Wad street before Mr Trump was due to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and then the Western Wall.

Besides, no factor could hinder Iran's defence programmes, he said, describing the boosting of the country's missile defence systems as a top priority. But news accounts have not accused Trump of naming Israel as a source of the information.

"He never mentioned anything about human rights or democracy", Omar Al-Osaimi, a 32-year-old Kuwaiti engineer, said of the USA president. -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific", attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated the confidentiality of an agreement with Israel.

Speaking during his first visit to Israel as USA president, Mr Trump said there is strong consensus on these issues among the world's nations, including many in the Muslim world.

USA president Donald Trump's recent anti-Iran remarks were aimed at "milking" Saudi Arabia, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday.

"The US president's meddling, repetitive and baseless claims against Iran are aimed at Iranophobia and are in line with the US hostile policies against the Islamic republic (Iran), seeking to persuade the regional countries to buy more arms from the US", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

"But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land", Trump told leaders from about 50 Muslim-majority countries representing more than a billion people.

U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) signs the guest book, with first lady Melania Trump (L), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (2nd R) his wife Nechama Reuven (R) in Jerusalem May 22, 2017.

President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman pose for photos after a ceremony to mark the opening of the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh.

Afterwards, he is expected to become the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray and located in east Jerusalem. Trump touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice. He is slated to meet separately with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

The Trump administration angered some Israelis last week when officials declined to state that the Western Wall was part of Israel, as has been USA policy.

White House aides have tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting it as more symbolic than substantive. Tillerson referred to the visit as "a moment in time" and suggested that the USA would take a more active role in the future in brokering a deal if both sides make serious commitments. After hosting Abbas at the White House in March, Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

The Western Wall visit drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when United States officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel. We believe you're willing. "But I have a feeling that we are going to get there... eventually".

Mr Trump is urging the USA and Israel to boost cooperation against common threats, and declared that Iran should never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

"Today was a truly historic day in the relationship between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States", Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday at a press conference with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson.

  • Zachary Reyes