Trump's speech to Israeli parliament scrapped amid concerns

Member of the PFLP's politburo Kayid al-Ghoul told Ma'an that the rally reflected the group's support for the demands of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and firm solidarity with their plight, as well as opposition to Trump's policies, which he said were "predictably in support of Israel's conditions for the so-called peace process".

Al-Hindi said that "Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia and his description of the resistance as terrorism, in front of all of the Arab and Islamic world leaders, is a reflection of the ongoing deterioration in the region", referring to a growing alliance between heads of state in the region, the United States, and Israel at the expense of the Palestinian cause. Turning to the prime minister, who joined him for the speech, Trump said, "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace".

Trump travelled to the Middle East to show the world American leadership has returned.

The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion.

Ahead of Trump's visit to Riyadh - which was marked by the U.S. signing a $110 billion weapons deal with the Saudi regime - Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International Philip Luther said that the "potential for President Trump to build toxic alliances with leaders who share his disdain for human rights during his first foray into foreign diplomacy is deeply worrying". But Trump believes that was a bad deal, and sees the US relationship with Iran much differently. And we also gave them an ability to continue with terror ... no matter where we go we see the signs of Iran in the Middle East. ...

Trump was also the first USA president to openly question the feasibility of the implementation of the Oslo Accords and by extension possibly of a two-state solution.

In recent presidential elections, Iranians rejected the hardline candidates and empowered relative moderate Hassan Rouhani, who seeks to engage with the wider world. Speaking on Israeli television, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stated, "We know that Trump will soon come to realize that there is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side". The agreement also included more coordination between Arab nations and the United States, as well as patrol boats.

Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush addressed the Knesset during visits; Barack Obama opted to speak at a university. For its part, Iran has always maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful, to be used for energy needs and medical research. There were lots of "firsts" in Trump's oversees trip to Israel, one of America's most trusted allies.

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism.

While there may continue to be some policy differences between the US and Israel, those will likely be discussed privately between the two allies and will not become a "public dispute", Pollock said.

And meanwhile, to the average Israeli, Iran and Saudi Arabia seem particularly far away in the face of ongoing clashes with the Palestinians.

The two countries are in indirect conflict in Yemen. Analysts say that could make the situation there more volatile.

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