Pres. Trump Visit to Israel

The US leader already visited Israel, Saudi Arabia and is heading next to Italy, Belgium and the Vatican.

"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace, but we can only get there working together".

Trump visited the wall as part of his first trip overseas as president, which includes stops at important sites for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

When Trump landed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a tweet acknowledging he hopes someone in his position might make the reverse trip one day.

Bethlehem/jerusalem, May 23 US President Donald Trump today said that he is committed "to do everything" to achieve israel-Palestinian peace deal but made it clear that "peace can not take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

Trump visited the Western Wall without any Israeli government officials by his side despite requests from Israeli officials.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may be signaling peace negotiation readiness but the Palestinian people, who perceive the Trump administration as pro-Israel, are jaded.

Also on Monday, Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, land that was seized from the Palestinians by the Israeli military during the Six-Day War in 1967.

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But in both the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians held angry protests against the US president's visit.

"If not, you'll be blamed because I just put it on record", Trump quipped.

"I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack, and to the many killed and the families, so many families of the victims", Trump said.

"But behind such optimistic statements were also signs of obstacles in the path for peace between Israel and Palestine, with Netanyahu stating at the start of the speech, "[welcome to] Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the united capital of the Jewish state".

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (2nd-L), President Reuven Rivlin (3rd-L), First Lady Melania Trump (C-L), US President Donald Trump (C-R), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (3rd-R) and Sara Netanyahu (2nd-R) seen at Ben Gurion International Airport during a ceremony marking American president's departure from Israel on May 23, 2017.

In his remarks, Abbas said he has no problem with Judaism.

Trump arrived at the Israel Museum after laying a wreath at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial.

"The two leaders also agreed on the need to counter Iran and its proxies, including by building strong military capabilities to protect Israel and the region from Iranian aggression", the White House added.

  • Sidney Guerrero