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"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 going to happen". "He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the US would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory".

The Washington Post reported last week that Trump revealed what it said was highly classified information on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group during a recent meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow's Washington ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

"The conflict is not between religions", Abbas said. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its indivisible capital, a status that is not recognised internationally. Trump has until June 1 to decide whether to continue the practice.

Their talks come with hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17, and activists were hoping to display banners in Bethlehem to drawn Trump's attention to it.

It is a stark symbol for Palestinians of Israel's 50-year occupation of the West Bank, and in Bethlehem the wall has been covered with graffiti and street art.

Trump and the convoy passed through the 26-foot-tall concrete wall with watch towers that is Israel's separation barrier, and past "Checkpoint 300", where thousands of Palestinian workers cross into Israel each morning to reach their jobs on Israeli construction sites.

The president was joined on the visit by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who went to the wall shortly after Trump and said prayers.

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Hossam Zomlot, an aide to Abbas, said that "if President Trump wants to mediate and leads us to a historic agreement, a major agreement, we are ready to be his partners".

Bethlehem is lively and crowded, home to Palestinian Muslims and Christians, and the Church of the Nativity, the Byzantine-era sacred site built over the grotto where the faithful believe Jesus was born.

Let me say the Israelis would love to have peace.

Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of U.S. and global precedent. He described the Riyadh meeting as "epic" and "deeply productive", saying "people have said there really has never been anything even close in history".

"We have something very much in common", Trump said.

"Peace is a choice we must make each day", President Trump said during a visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, where he reiterated his resolve to help mediate a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians and sounded upbeat about its prospects.