His first act as president was to appoint a Middle East envoy whose peace mission, in the end, failed.
Late-night TV hosts in the USA and Israel took aim at President Trump's visit to Israel, highlighting some of the less delicate moments and off-the-cuff remarks of the president, who is in Rome visiting the Vatican today.
"I like you too", Trump said when the audience quieted. In solidarity with captives, Palestinians in Jerusalem announced a strike on Tuesday. That the Saudis allowed this direct flight, usually banned, reflects the fact that the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, like that of Israel with a number of Gulf states, has been quietly but perceptibly thawing in recent years.
Abbas emphasized that he was committed to cooperating with Trump to forge a deal. For Palestinians, East Jerusalem is a symbol of their national struggle and home to Islam's third-most sacred site, the al-Aqsa mosque, and the nearby glittering Dome of the Rock.
"All civilized nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right of our citizens to live in safety and in peace", Trump continued. First victims identified in Manchester concert bombingTrump spoke from Bethlehem in the West Bank, the morning after a blast that killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert. "I won't call them monsters, because they would like that term. They would think that's a great name". "Trump is too ignorant to realize that what he is saying is nonsense", he said.
A banner hung in the city said "the city of peace welcomes the man of peace".
Meanwhile, ahead of Trump's meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday, a live-streamed White House schedule stated Trump would deliver remarks in "Jerusalem, Israel", apparently recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the holy city despite Trump himself never affirming a change in U.S. policy. A one-state-solution, one that would aim at finding that elusive land of Peacerael, however, would demand political sea changes from Israelis and Palestinians alike.
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"There is no way to achieve peace in an environment of violence", Trump said.
The White House said Mr. Trump will celebrate the Catholic religion, as well as the contributions of Catholics to the USA, and the president said in his weekly address that he was looking forward to talking with the Pope about "how Christian teachings can help put the world on a path to justice, freedom, and peace".
Without naming anyone in particular, Rubin tells OneNewsNow that Trump is getting "bad advice" from his advisers about moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign promise that has yet to be realized. A move of the U.S. Embassy would be historic, Williams said. "And that's always been a problem", he said.
It is the first time a sitting United States of America president has visited and prayed at the site. It's also the first time a sitting US president has entered the Old City of Jerusalem and been observant at the Western Wall, the holiest spot in all of Judaism.
He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit.
Some of those tangible results included the Saudis' announcement that they'll put $20 billion into an infrastructure fund with the firm Blackstone, with the idea that a lot of that money might go into US infrastructure projects. And he won plaudits from both his Israeli and Palestinian hosts. The US has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Old City seized in the 1967 war.
The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Tillerson told the reporters that Trump pressured both Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
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