Was Trump the First U.S. President to Visit the Western Wall?
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 22:36
"As we all pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we pray with greater faith today knowing that the president has prayed there himself, first", Jeremiah continued. As a first step, US negotiators are trying to goad reluctant Israeli and Palestinian leaders back to the negotiating table; and they might succeed, because neither side wants to say "no" to the president.
The official said the Saudi Arabia stop was an "amazing coming together of a lot of people" who are "looking for an opportunity to follow the lead of what the president wanted to speak about".
The president said, "I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families, so many families, of the victims".
"The only leaders who truly make a difference in history are those who do what needs to be done, not what everyone else tells them is possible", he said".
Trump rebuked Palestinian leaders in a joint press conference with Abbas in Bethlehem, saying, "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", referring to stipends the PA pays to terrorists and their families.
His speech at the Israel Museum touched on the Jewish connection to the Holy Land, earning applause from the audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, a US billionaire and active political supporter of both Netanyahu and Trump.
During a celebration for Jerusalem Day at the Israeli Knesset, marking the 50th anniversary of the capital city's reunification, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed the Temple Mount and Western Wall would remain under Israeli sovereignty. To this day, the Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Armenian and Jewish.
The Palestinian leader added that "the key to peace" in the Middle East was the independence and freedom of the Palestinian people. He said the Palestinians' "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it".
"He said the war on terror was a 'battle between good and evil, '" Graham continued.
Livni said strong Arab support for a future Israeli-Palestinian deal is a "game changer" that could help sway a skeptical Israeli public.