Five odd moments from Trump's Israel trip

"For several years the Jewish people in America and Messianic Jewish communities have been pleading with our government to bring back the relationship that we once had with Israel and the Jewish people", said Ric Worshill, president of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship.

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.

"I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel", Trump declared at the welcome ceremony, where he was greeted by Israel's leaders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Much discussion has focussed on reviving a 2002 Saudi-led peace initiative whereby Arab states would recognise Israel in exchange for its full withdrawal from the territories it occupied in 1967 and a just settlement of the Palestinian refugee problem.

President Trump was the first USA president to visit the Western Wall.

Abbas underlined that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was not based on religion.

"Trump's visit to the Western Wall clearly dismissed UNESCO's claims", Netanyahu said.

Haley is also expected to visit the Palestinian Authority, Israel's Ynet news reported Wednesday.

Prior to his trip to Israel, Trump visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday where he met up with Muslim leaders.

"But there was a splash of cold water in the days after the inauguration when it became clear that the president was reverting to the traditional US policy on Israel and the Palestinians", Shapiro said.

Marking the victory in the 1967 Battle of Jerusalem at the capital's military cemetery, Netanyahu added that while Israel greatly appreciates the U.S. assistance and support, "history has proven that Israel's security depends on our readiness and our ability to defend ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat". I see it as Israel's salvation.

Earlier on Wednesday, Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely called on Jews to ascend the Temple Mount, one day after she appealed to Trump to go ahead with his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem. But it's clear that, if such a test existed, Donald Trump would not be president - which he proved at a press conference in Israel on May 22.

Israeli forces moved in, and clashes ensued with the Palestinian protesters.

Palestinians, who make up more than one third of the city's overall population, however, consider East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Trump held talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

A commentary in Israel's centrist Yediot Aharonot newspaper said that after two days of waiting for Trump's keynote address "the only thing we could learn from that speech was how to say nothing with a whole lot of words". The Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia along with Israel likely to further cooperation with the US against Iran in Yemen, Iraq and some parts of Syria. The move has never occurred, the letter stated, because each US president since the legislation was adopted has exercised a provision of the law allowing him to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv if "necessary to protect the security interests of the United States".

Israel seized east Jerusalem during the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the worldwide community.

  • Zachary Reyes