PA slams Netanyahu remarks on Jerusalem division

A request for comment from the State Department was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Abbas announced he is ready to be Trump's partner in securing peace in the Middle East through establishment of a Palestinian state on land captured by Israel in 1967.

"By his actions in the Middle East, President Trump has made it clear he has no intention of giving a single inch to any of those who would oppose Israel's absolute right to sovereignty", Dobson said.

In general, Trump markedly avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades, such as the "settlements" - i.e.

Speaking at the Prime Minister's residence Tuesday, while hosting Trump, Netanyahu said he looked forward to "working closely" with the Trump administration to advance peace in the region, "because you [Trump] have noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners".

Since the time of King David 3,000 years ago, when Jerusalem was declared the capital of the Kingdom of Israel, until the present, the city has been a constant source of spiritual longing and inspiration.

Prior to his visit, there was a lot of talk whether he would use this historic visit to announce that the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, and that the USA embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump condemned the suicide bomber responsible for the Manchester arena atrocity as an "evil loser". Trump's approach has largely been welcomed in the region.

"The last two days was not a matter of policy".

Nevertheless, Lieberman said, "We are following developments and are aware and have ways of dealing with this".

"It was a visit of intent, of his intent to reach out and help us reach a final agreement".

There were many unprecedented moments during the two-day Saudi-US summit in Riyadh in May.

He became the first sitting USA president to visit the site in the Israeli-annexed east of the city.

Trump also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and embraced the Israeli ethos, saying that a mighty nation has emerged from the depths of Jewish suffering.

As regards reigniting peace talks, this is just the beginning and the United States administration is finding its feet.

President Trump's first overseas meeting in Saudi Arabia with 50 other Muslim countries around the world is a monumental success projecting his strength and brilliant ability to lead.

"I'm not at peace with any arms race and the huge Saudi purchase for sure doesn't add much to our peace of mind", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

"The real question is if there is something substantive happening behind closed doors".

Israel claims Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

In its official itinerary for Trump's visit to Israel and the disputed territories, the White House referred to Abbas as the leader of "Palestine", which could be construed as a form of recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

Abbas said the Palestinians' struggle is not with the Jewish religion, asserting that the "fundamental problem is with the occupation, the settlements and Israel's failure to recognize Palestine".

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.

  • Leroy Wright