Israeli joy at Trump visit lacks substance
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:49
Trump delivered his remarks alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where the two men met to advance peace talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "We're in a new era", he said.
According to the spokesman, three other guards were arrested by Israeli forces.
Noting how Trump did not mention Palestinian statehood or a two-state solution in his public remarks with Abbas, Knesset member Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, "This is a huge achievement, on a historic scale, and a big win for anyone opposed to the mistaken and risky idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel". And just after Trump makes the statement, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, is seen running his hand through his hair - a move that some have interpreted as embarrassment on the president's behalf.
Christian leaders are speaking out about President Donald Trump's first trip overseas.
Trump came to power promising to be the most pro-Israel president in United States history. Breaking with American presidential administrations' longstanding support for two states, Trump said at the time, "I'm looking at two state and one state, and I like the one that both parties like".
While Netanyahu and Abbas both hailed Trump -Netanyahu stating "working with you, I believe we can advance a durable peace", and Abbas envisaging that Trump "will go down in history" as the president who secured peace, the verdict elsewhere was mixed.
Several dozen young Israeli men, some holding Israeli flags, marched toward the Old City's Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall when they encountered a group of Palestinian protesters.
"I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal", Trump said.
The provocative parade of tens of thousands of flag-waving fanatic Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem, particularly its Old City, marking 50 years for its occupation was highlighted on the front page of the Thursday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies.