Israeli defence minister says uneasy over US-Saudi arms deal

Speaking alongside Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian National Authority, he said such a "wicked ideology" must be "completely obliterated".

Expressing optimism that a peace deal could finally be brokered to end the almost 70-year-old conflict and suggested a resolution may not be hard to obtain it.

He fully believes Trump committed to standing up for Israel in peace negotiations but warns history has shown the process is fraught with multiple attempts that have gone awry.

The Israeli PM talked about peace several times alongside Trump. "Ultimately there isn't a single concession the Palestinians can make now that would lead towards a peace deal", Baconi saod.

Prior to Trump's speech, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke.

The president, now on a trip to the Middle East, denounced those responsible for the suicide attack at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert as "evil losers". "The reality is that in Israel and in the Palestinian territories and, frankly, here in Washington, very few people see a real change in the dynamics that would lead to a breakthrough towards peace in the fundamentals that impeded the previous presidents".

Commentator Chemi Shalev wrote in Haaretz that the deal will give the Saudis a "hold" on Trump, "which means he won't be quick to cross them". "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace". The prime minister, who repeatedly butted heads with President Barack Obama, leapt to his feet when the president declared Tuesday that his administration "will always stand with Israel". After meetings with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, the president has been pushing the prospect of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump visited Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center Tuesday for a wreath-laying ceremony, and enthusiastically pledged he would "never forget" when signing the guestbook at the site. But he did not mention what has always been the goal of USA diplomacy in the region - a two-state solution to the conflict: Israel and a Palestinian state.

Trump is visiting Jerusalem and West Bank on the second part of his maiden foreign trip since taking office in January. "And Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbours, including the Palestinians".

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had just finished praising Saudi Arabia for "liberalizing their society" when he started giving the country positive reviews for its lack of protests during President Donald Trump's visit.

"I will call them from now on "losers", because that is what they are". It's not easy, but we agree with him - peace is possible. We'll approach it, I think, with a lot of humility.

As the Trump's disembarked Air Force One in Italy Melania wasn't interested in the US President's touch.

  • Larry Hoffman