Trump Receives Standing Ovations During Speech at Israel Museum
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 2:15
The mothers who wrote and signed the letter requested that Abbas pass the letter to U.S. President Donald Trump during the meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
Trump delivered the speech to an audience that included senior Israeli ministers, Jewish and Christian dignitaries and Sheldon Adeslon, the American businessman who backs Trump and whose Israeli free daily newspaper is considered pro-Netanyahu. He was clear, however, that a two-state solution was the only way - even if Trump has expressed openness to other options.
Touching on Trump's ambitions to secure "the ultimate deal" for Middle East peace, Amnesty International's statement also deplored successive Israeli governments for large-scale violations throughout the 50-year-long occupation of the Palestinian territory, which "have inflicted mass suffering on Palestinians".
"The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society forever", Trump said.
He was accompanied by the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who said on Israel Radio that he recited two psalms with the USA leader.
The sometimes awkward body language between President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, continues to draw attention on social media.
Trump spoke in the Middle East on his first foreign trip, saying he would not call those responsible "monsters, because they would like that term".
"I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an fantastic accomplishment". "I hope", he said after a meeting on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ahead of the trip, a Trump official got in a heated argument with Israelis after claiming the Kotel was "part of the West Bank". She came under scrutiny when she chose to forego the headscarf while in Saudi Arabia, something her husband had criticised previous First Lady Michelle Obama for doing.
Abbas, for his part, reiterated his commitment to the principle of the two-state solution and to live together with Israel in security and peace. Because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber's family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian authority.
Much of the speech was dedicated to affirming "the unshakable bond" between the USA and Israel.
Netanyahu and Abbas were not scheduled to meet during Trump's visit.
"I won't call them monsters because they would like that term", Trump said in a joint news conference with Abbas on the second day of the US president's two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank.
"I hope I'm wrong", Rubio said.
Trump was considering making that bold announcement during his trip here, but backed off fulfilling that pledge amid a torrent of warnings from USA foreign policy officials and Arab diplomats, who said such a move would hinder peace efforts and set off tensions in the region.