Israeli settlers storm Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa complex

Majdi al-Khalidi, a diplomatic adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Thursday denied reports of a new US-led regional peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An official statement by the PA's foreign ministry described Netanyahu as "racist denying the occupation's existence".

Israel's defense minister appears to have confirmed that his country's intelligence was leaked by President Donald Trump during a meeting with Russian officials this month.

His visit came in stark contrast to President Barack Obama's first Middle East trip eight years ago when Israelis accused him of shunning the Jewish state as he delivered a keynote speech in Egypt.

"Three days ago, the U.S. added another $75 million to the aid package", Netanyahu said on Wednesday, without giving a timeframe for the money's arrival.

In a May 24 speech at Jerusalem Day celebrations at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said "I have a deep obligation to continue to maintain a united Jerusalem, to protect the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and all the holy sites of Israel". Every American president has found himself grappling with the complex challenge of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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 unsafe idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel".

The strategy is not good for America, but it is good for Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said in an interview that the scheme to create the Taliban had been masterminded by the U.S. and Britain, funded by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and only implemented by Pakistan, Larijani noted.

Here's a list of the most tweetable faux pas from Trump's Israel visit. The other is whether and how it is possible to establish a Palestinian state while ensuring the safety of Israel.

During his visit to Jerusalem, Trump said a struggle against Iran and the Islamic State (IS) should be a shared interest of all nations in the Middle East. There have been no peace talks since 2014.

Netanyahu, for his part, got his government to approve a series of modest gestures to ease conditions for the Palestinians in the West Bank on the eve of Trump's visit.

But there was little public evidence of prodding by Trump or his aides of either side to make more substantial concessions. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said. But there is a larger elephant in the room that Trump is unwilling to address. "We have merited an enormous privilege", she said.

Visiting Riyadh, Jerusalem and Rome - all in countries that are respective centers of the world's three dominant religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity - Trump carried a common theme throughout his trip: the need to unify against terrorism.

  • Zachary Reyes