Trump is first sitting US President to visit Western Wall


US President Donald Trump began his visit to Israel by warning of the threat that Iran could pose if it were to develop nuclear weapons.

It comes as he contends with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russian Federation. The strike has closed down Jerusalem's Old City, where U.S. President Donald Trump visited Christian and Jewish holy sites later Monday.

"And it must cease immediately".

"It was a awful, bad thing for the United States to enter that deal, and believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, that I can tell you", Trump said. When Trump returned and shook the Israeli prime minister's hand, he then revealed his secrets-because he's a messy bitch.

"What's happened with Iran has brought numerous other parts of the Middle East toward Israel, and you could say that if there's a benefit, that would be the benefit", he said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Reuven Rivlin.

Security was extremely tight for the Israeli leg of the visit, with police deploying some 10,000 officers.

President Donald Trump has denied that Israel was the source of the classified intelligence he was accused of sharing with Russian Federation at a White House meeting earlier in May.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hailed Trump's visit as a symbol of the "unbreakable bond between Israel and the US".

After a moment, Trump, wearing a black yarmulke, pulled a slip of paper from his jacket pocket and placed it in a niche in the limestone wall, as is customary for visitors, who first write prayers on the paper.

The visit raised questions about whether the USA would indicate the site is Israeli territory.

"We must seize them together".

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Trump also held out the hope that a deal between Israel and the Palestinians would be possible.

One point of contention: the fate of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians see east Occupied al-Quds as the capital of their future state.

"During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope", Trump said in a brief speech on arrival.

Trump warned of Iran's escalating presence in the region.

A senior administration official told Reuters last week that Trump remained committed to his campaign pledge to ultimately relocate the embassy but did not plan to announce such a move while on his trip. I think many Palestinians want a two-state solution.

Trump has sent mixed signals about how he will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he did not mention what has always been the goal of USA diplomacy in the region - a two-state solution to the conflict: Israel and a Palestinian state.

Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge - at least for now.

Trump says the attack preyed on "innocent children".

On the Israeli side, Netanyahu heads what is seen as the most right-wing government in the country's history, and members of his coalition were elated with Trump's election.

The White House has maintained that no classified information was shared at the meeting.

After Israel, Trump's marathon maiden foreign trip will take him to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis, to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and to Sicily for a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations.