President Trump's Peace Efforts Require A Regional Approach
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:49
After arriving in Tel Aviv, the Trumps walked down the tarmac along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.
As Trump made the comment, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer can be seen burying his face in his hand.
Trump spoke at a press conference alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday morning where he declared his commitment to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Trump also expressed optimism that he can help facilitate peace between Israel and Palestinians.
For a second day in a row people are talking about Melania Trump's hands - specifically, whether she's holding her husband's hand or not. US officials have said Trump shared Israeli intelligence in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In a speech in Riyadh on Sunday, he urged Muslim leaders to eradicate what he called "Islamic extremism" and cast the effort as a "battle between good and evil". Relying on one of his preferred insults, Trump said he would call the perpetrators "losers, because that's what they are". The president and Kushner visited one side, while the first daughter and first lady visited a portion of the site reserved for women.
Today's tragic events raised the question why?
In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalisation" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.
In a response to CNN, a White House spokesperson, who declined to be identified by name, said: "The White House does not confirm or deny unsubstantiated claims based on illegal leaks from anonymous individuals". Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he argued he never mentioned Israel, the source of the classified intelligence, according to various officials - something he has not been accused of doing.
He also faces mounting difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as FBI director two weeks ago, and a widening investigation into his administration's connections to Russian Federation.
Netanyahu's tone was somewhat less upbeat, with sharp criticism for Abbas.
Given the pressure his young presidency is under in Washington, analysts have praised famously off-the-cuff Trump's careful sticking to script so far on his maiden overseas tour.
"President Trump is really, really serious and he thinks peace is possible". Both men met separately with Trump at the White House in recent months.