Trump in Israel: Jews, Christians, Muslims Must 'Overcome Oppression and Hatred'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 0:58
Former US President Barack Obama had also visited the holy site in 2008, however, he was not president at that time.
The traditional U.S. position on Jerusalem is that the city's status must be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians. They're losers, and we'll have more of them. He also denounced Hamas and Hezbollah, promised to prevent a nuclear Iran and recalled meeting children in Sderot who were "fearful that a rocket would land in their bedroom simply because of who they are and where they live".
Nevertheless, Trump managed to do plenty of things during his visit.
Of course there were sharp distinctions between the two presidential speeches.
On Tuesday, however, Jerusalem became once again a stateless city on the White House feed, leading commentators to speculate on whether they were witness to a clash of policies within the White House and State Department or simply a mistake.
Trump's trip could harm his own chance to have an impact on the conflict if his controversial new ambassador to Israel, David Friedman - who arrived just one week ago - prevails upon his boss to make good on the campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
So what did Trump actually say?
Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces on Wednesday as Israeli demonstrators marched through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern half.
"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people".
"Words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil, or the scope of the anguish and destruction", he added, in reference to the systematic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis between 1933-45. "It was a bad thing for the United States to enter into that deal". "All civilized nations must be united in this effort. My administration is committed to pursuing such a coalition, and we have already made substantial progress during this trip", he said, without elaborating.
The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former USA secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion.While both Netanyahu and Abbas reiterated during Trump's visit a commitment to peace, both also face domestic constraints on their ability to manoeuvre or compromise.
Trump left no doubt that he would work to fulfill this modest wish during his visit to Saudi Arabia by unreservedly supporting the alliance of Arab states seeking to repulse the radicals in the Muslim world. He lectured about Jerusalem revealing the "longing of the human heart to know and worship God" and entreated his listeners to pray for peace. The president and Kushner visited one side, while the first daughter and first lady visited a portion of the site reserved for women. In a live stream of Trump's remarks with Netanyahu on Monday, the White House listed the meeting's location as "Jerusalem, Israel". The Israeli refusal to respect the most basic rights of our prisoners and its inhumane measures against them and against us, and its threats against their lives are the best indicators of its intentions.
Here's a list of the most tweetable faux pas from Trump's Israel visit.