Iran: Saudi Arabia is a 'cow being milked' by US

These meetings were created to give the president a chance to hear from both sides and begin the process of striking what Trump calls "the ultimate deal" of Israeli-Palestinian peace. "The time has come to prove to the Israelis, the Palestinians and the entire world that an important segment of the Israeli population is opposed to occupation and wants a two-state solution", he added.

The same TV station on Friday night also published a survey showing Israelis backing a two-state accord deal with the Palestinians, based on the 1967 borders adjusted to include the major settlement blocs, by 47% to 39%, with 14% undecided.

Iran's supreme leader has claimed Saudi Arabia is a "cow being milked" by the US.

The report, on Israel's Channel 2 news on Friday night, said that Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog spoke by phone on the eve of Trump's visit to Israel this week, and have arranged to meet in the aftermath of Trump's trip. Trump is reported to have shouted at the Palestinian leader, whom he hosted at the White House on May 3.

"I heard President Abbas yesterday say that the Palestinians teach their children peace".

The Palestinians have demanded a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank as part of any future peace agreement. "There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both PM Netanyahu as well as President Abbas", Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"Making peace will not be easy", he said.

The cordial joint conference held by Trump and Abbas, in which the latter reaffirmed his commitment to fighting terrorism, belied a stormy confrontation behind closed doors.

"Everyone has to compromise", Tillerson said. "But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal".

More than 400,000 Israelis live in settlements on the West Bank which are considered illegal under global law and a major obstacle to Middle East peace.

  • Leroy Wright