Israel marks 50 years of 'united Jerusalem', but city struggles


In what appeared to be a veiled sleight to former US President Barack Obama, with whom Netanyahu had a hard relationship, the prime minister praised Trump for his "bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East", NBC News reported.

Regarding the embassy, Trump repeatedly promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, asserting: "I'm not a person who breaks a promise".

"The Temple Mount and Western Wall will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty", Netanyahu told lawmakers, just two days after President Donald Trump visited the wall.

Protests were held in cities across the West Bank and in Gaza City yesterday against Mr Trump's visit to the region.

Sutton said he thought Trump had made a positive impression on both Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian leader King Salman.

"President Trump's remarks in Jerusalem this week are a testament to the unbreakable bond that has long existed between the United States of America and the State of Israel".

The week after Trump's victory, I wrote, "Despite my extreme reservations, I'm rooting for the Trump administration..."

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The question is whether the gauzy talk of hope and optimism can break through monstrously tall barriers to peace.

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Trump has continuously expressed his commitment to "making a deal", but never specified any concrete plans or stances on various flashpoint issues, such as the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, sidestepping the routine USA condemnation of settlement construction and ignored past support for a Palestinian State.

Tonight, the president is in Rome, where, tomorrow, he is to meet Pope Francis. He arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia carrying a clear message that moderate Sunni Muslim states would be willing to normalize ties with Israel if its conflict with the Palestinians is resolved. They are ready to reach for peace. A definite plus. Is it that Trump's the first sitting president to pray at the Western Wall?

At the same time, Abbas and the Palestinians have been pleasantly surprised by their dealings with Trump. He said he thought the trip showcased the importance of the U.S. -Israel relationship.

After his meeting with Abbas, Trump returned to Jerusalem for a solemn tribute to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

President Trump weighed in on the attack today. They were joined by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner. "Israel is truly a place where American values continue to be showcased but also on the innovation scale and side of things a place where American businesses, universities and hospitals, including many here in OH, find willing partners".