Here's what Trump and Netanyahu talked about in their private moments together
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 17:38
"Many of us were holding our breath, wondering if he was going to do something that would inflame the situations in Saudi Arabia or Israel", Sutton said.
While Mr Trump has spoken often about his desire to achieve what he has dubbed the "ultimate deal", he has not fleshed out any strategy his administration might have towards achieving it.
Almost $110 billion of those deals are arms sales, reaffirming the United States administration's strong relationship with its time-tested and trusted ally. Trump made no comment about the Wall during the trip and avoided other controversial issues during his time in Israel.
The significance of this vision stems from the now-obvious fact that the USA is Saudi Arabia's primary partner in helping the Kingdom achieve its transformative Vision 2030. It is our capital, and has been the capital of the modern state of Israel since the country was established 69 years ago, just as it has been the capital of the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years. His representatives, some more rudely than others, ruled out the possibility that Prime Minister Netanyahu even dream of joining the US President at the Kotel. Trump's impromptu reference to his Russian Intelligence leak "I never mentioned Israel" was baffling. "Jerusalem is the heart of the State of Israel, and the Kotel is the heart of Jerusalem".
Speaking at the Israel Museum Trump said "We know that peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis which has dragged on for almost half a century".
Trump praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's trip organising skills during a meeting in Jerusalem with Rivlin.
PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS, Palestinian Authority (through interpreter): Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine, in the same way we recognize it.
In a much-awaited speech at the Israel Museum, Trump pledged unstinting support for Israel, vowed that he would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and asserted that Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready to make peace.
"I think the president has indicated he's willing to put his own personal efforts into this if the Israelis and the Palestinians are ready to be serious about engaging as well".
A group of hardline activists were removed from the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem on Wednesday after violating a ban on Jewish prayer there, police said.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL's CEO, applauded Trump's admonition to Abbas to stop paying the families of jailed and killed Palestinian terrorists.
Trump visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, becoming the first sitting president to do so, though neither the president nor the White House recognized Israeli sovereignty over the site claimed during the Six-Day War in 1967. "Certainly, one of the reasons the concept of an "outside-in" approach has fallen out of favor with this White House is that Arab leaders have communicated their reticence to bring their covert relationships with Israel to light without advancement on the Palestinian front".