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US President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to discuss jump-starting peace negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.

Still, Trump's speech was lauded by Israeli politicians here as one of the most friendly toward Israel from any US president, and he used the speech to affirm the Jewish bond to Jerusalem and the land of Israel.

Or the fact that the US President was walking side by side with the Israeli first couple, leaving Mrs Trump a step behind. That might be doable, but it still isn't clear how a coalition government could be maintained, even if a separate majority is behind the peace process.

"If peace means Israel can no longer retain their nature as a Jewish state or give up control of Jerusalem, if that's peace - that's not peace, that's not going to happen", Rubio said. Both sides will face tough decisions.

Trump said that he arrived in Israel directly from Saudi Arabia, where his meetings with King Salman and Arab leaders inspired him with hopes.

"I'm not at peace with the whole arms race in the Middle East", he added.

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO) President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, May 22.

As the pair exited Air Force One in Rome Tuesday before a visit to the Vatican, the first lady can be seen pointedly using her left hand to fix her hair as the president makes an attempt to grab it.

The route took the president past the "Walled Off Hotel", a guesthouse run by the British graffiti artist Banksy that is created to draw attention to the security infrastructure, which Israel says is there to protect against Palestinian attacks. Trump also visited the Israel Museum. "Everyone says they want peace".

Since Trump took office last month, Israel has announced plans to build over 6,000 settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem - occupied territories claimed by the Palestinians.

While in Saudi Arabia, Trump delivered a speech calling for nations to drive out the militant group.

Meanwhile, in his speech at the airport, Trump said: "I am deeply grateful for your invitation and very, very honoured to be with you..."

"The Palestinian people I have no quarrel with".

"I call upon people to draw inspiration from this ancient city to set aside our sectarian differences to overcome oppression and hatred", he also said.

  • Leroy Wright