Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump tells Netanyahu: Iran must never have nuclear weapons


At a joint appearance with the president in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if Israel now had any concerns about sharing intelligence with the United States; the New York Times reported last week that Israel had given Washington key intel about terrorists' bomb-making abilities.

ESTRIN: Trump visited religious sites in Jerusalem's old city, becoming the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall revered by Jews.

"I don't know what the policy of the administration is", she told CBN television, "but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how, you know, we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it".

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

Trump previously said that his meeting with the Russian foreign minister was "very, very successful".

CGTN's Stephanie Freid reports from Jerusalem, the second stop on the President's first overseas tour. "I hope", Trump said after the meeting in west Jerusalem on Monday, without elaborating.

Trump's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories is part of his first trip overseas as president, and follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism. "Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians", he said.

"We haven't actually seen any real concrete steps taken to resolve the broader issue", said Deib, a mathematics professor at Farmingdale State University.

Israel shares the antipathy many Arab states have towards Iran, seeing the Islamic Republic as a threat to its existence. "I'll pay for it!" and "Love trumps hate", Alice Letter said she brought a large sign stating "Hashtag Resist 45" to condemn the controversial USA president. But I have a feeling that we're going to get there eventually, I hope. "The Arab leaders who you met yesterday could help change the atmosphere. and could help change the conditions for a realistic peace".

On Tuesday, Trump is to travel the short distance to Bethlehem, in the West Bank, to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.

Trump has pledged to work with Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement.

Israel, which previously controlled west Jerusalem, claims all of the city as its eternal capital and this week is celebrating the 50th anniversary of what it calls the city's "unification".

Anthony Cordesman, a Middle East expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, echoed that assessment.

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Tillerson said he doesn't expect Trump to bring up the incident.

But both Netanyahu and Abbas face domestic political challenges. "I was very pleased as one who leads the Israeli opposition and the peace camp in Israel".

Noting purported complicity among the GOP rank and file, Letter said she has become exacerbated by the controversy, which she believes will conclude with Trump's impeachment. She repeated Trump's campaign line that the embassy should be moved.

Both sides have been intensively lobbying Trump.

Trump has sent mixed signals about how he will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The White House said the visit was unofficial and private.

"If he can make peace, then all the respect to him, but I don't think he is the one to do it". "I can live with either one".

Nor did he publicly press Israel to curb settlement construction in the West Bank as Palestinians hoped. It's because this week was also, by any standard, an extraordinary one for USA politics in general.

Trump has also opted against an immediate move of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a longtime demand of Israel.

Administration officials told CNN last week that Trump would not announce the embassy move during the trip, but did not rule out a future decision on the topic.

Citing alleged collusion with the Russian government, misogynistic and hateful rhetoric and general incompetence, at least 200 primarily American-Israel citizens gathered Monday night across the street from Jerusalem's US Consulate to protest Trump's presidency.

Trump made the stop at the wall on the third day of a sweeping nine-day journey that includes focal points of three major religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump feels now is a "moment in time" when a breakthrough is possible.

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