Palestinian protesters hold Trump effigy at gunpoint to decry visit

Speaking to a group of Israelis in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday, Trump said he is "personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement".

President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the first sitting US president to visit one of Judaism's holiest sites.

His visit to Palestine included delivering remarks in front of a backdrop of Palestinian flags, but Trump didn't mention a two-state solution, as has been mentioned in the past.

Thank you for such a wonderful and unforgettable visit, Prime Minister @Netanyahu and @PresidentRuvi.

"I make this promise to you, my administration will always stand with Israel", Trump told Israeli ministers at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Trump said that Netanyahu is "working very hard" toward a peaceful region and offered the U.S.' assistance, adding that "there's a lot of love out there".

"He's looking for a kind of outside-in approach, first peace between Israel and Sunni Arab states, who have a common enemy in Iran, and that regional peace leading to Israeli-Palestinian peace". The Saudis have signalled their willingness for closer ties with Israel; but both sides know that the Palestinian issue imposes limits on how far their relationship can go.

"I share his belief that it is possible to reach a peaceful settlement in the region without compromising Israel's security, and I share his hope that we can one day rid the region of extremism and oppression". In a short side trip to Bethlehem, Trump said he was "gratified" that Abbas "was committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology". "If peace means Israel can no longer retain their nature as a Jewish state or give up control of Jerusalem, if that's peace - that's not peace, that's not going to happen", Rubio said.

Pollock also said the Palestinians may not make much of a fuss if Washington chose to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem - the city that is sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Trump is now on his first overseas trip since becoming president of the United States.

On Monday, Palestinians also held a general strike in support of the prisoners.

But in his public remarks, Trump steered clear of any such language, and did not mention what has been the goal of U.S. diplomacy for two decades: a state of Israel and an independent Palestinian state co-existing side-by-side. After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican, and to Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings.

That omission encouraged Israel's right-wing but it disappointed Palestinians. But Mr Trump, whose Air Force One plane took a rare direct route from Riyadh to Tel Aviv, is eager to bring the secret partners out into the open as part of the grand alliance he had outlined a day earlier to an assembly of Sunni Muslim leaders.

  • Leroy Wright