Israel ties see major reset with Trump's visit to Jerusalem

U.S. President Donald Trump talked up the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday, saying he believed both sides were committed to an historic deal, but he offered no concrete proposals on how to get there. "Israelis have experienced firsthand the hatred and terror of radical violence", Trump said during a speech on Tuesday. President Trump and President Abbas reaffirmed their commitment to reach for a genuine and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Although both leaders emerged hopeful from their meeting, no demands were made on either side to bring about a peaceful solution and Mr Trump left the region later on Tuesday without any plans to revive peace talks.

During meetings Monday in Israel, which considers Iran its biggest threat, Trump said Arab nations' own worries about Tehran could ultimately lead to new regional support for a Middle East peace deal.

Trump also spoke out about the attack later that day while visiting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum.

The pope said anyone who thinks of building walls instead of bridges "is not Christian", a comment that Trump called "disgraceful".

"President Trump has demonstrated that the US-Israel bond, based on shared democratic values, remains unshakable and is central to his world view", said AJC CEO David Harris.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed the perpetrators behind Monday night's suicide bomb attack in Manchester, England, that claimed 22 lives and injured almost 60 other people. In the wake of that decision, he praised Trump's decision to visit the holy site. An explicit endorsement of a two-state solution, which has been USA policy for more than a quarter-century. I am telling you - that's what I do - they are ready to reach for peace.

Trump was in a bilateral meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel during his ongoing diplomacy tour when he implied that the country was not, in fact in the Middle East.

The worldwide community regards all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal and a major obstacle to Middle East peace. When the U.S. leader met his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, he spoke about being committed to peace in general terms, but didn't use the phrase "two-state solution" - the code-word for a peace deal that would involve a Palestinian state. Husam Zomlot, Abbas's ambassador to Washington, described their talks as "a constructive meeting between friends", adding that "for Palestine to be on the first worldwide trip on the American president's agenda, that has a high significance".

KEITH: And, he said, Netanyahu had assured him he wants peace, too. "Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements". But there are reasons to worry that the foundation of the U.S. -Israel alliance is getting shakier, and this visit did nothing to change that. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit. "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers in life". That in itself is a problem: When the US takes too large a role in the talks, it removes the pressure from Palestinian and Israeli diplomats to arrive at a deal on their own. "It symbolically recognizes Israel's historical ties to Jerusalem and its claim of sovereignty", Jim Phillips, senior Middle East research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Xinhua.

  • Leroy Wright