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

Trump Arrives in Israel, Calls for Peace

But he will step foot in Israel having offered few indications of how he plans to achieve what so many of his predecessors could not.

Once the three leaders (and the first lady) put their hands on it, the music soared and the floor lit up, exposing dozens of Saudi men working on computers and triggering a video introduction describing the work of the anti-terrorism center in both English and Arabic.

"He never mentioned anything about human rights or democracy", Omar Al-Osaimi, a 32-year-old Kuwaiti engineer, said of the USA president. On Tuesday, he is set to meet with Abbas in the West Bank and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal government announcement. Israeli media reported the package includes economic concessions and opening the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan 24 hours a day.

He'll also visit Italy and Brussels on his trip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process.

Trump is seeking to ease concerns that his policies wouldn't be as beneficial to Israel as once believed. Yuval Steinitz, a senior Cabinet minister and Netanyahu confidant, called Saudi Arabia "a hostile country" and said the deal was "definitely something that should trouble us".

In his election campaign Trump pledged to move an Israel-Palestine peace accord further ahead than any USA president before him.

Palestinians, who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington. "I think there are major concerns about that", says Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher for the Arms and Military Expenditure Program of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Trump himself has won praise by some for sticking to script (a tellingly low bar) and for shirking mention of "radical Islamic terrorism", which he'd previously denounced as the root of all evil (though, at one point, he reverted, uttering "Islamic" instead of the script's "Islamist", a slip that a spokesman later attributed to exhaustion-an eyebrow-raiser, given that this was the first day on a more than weeklong whirlwind tour).

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However, news accounts have not accused Mr Trump of naming Israel as a source of the information.

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The area is home to sensitive religious sites, including the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray.

"South Korean defense officials said on Monday that the missile the North launched on Sunday was a medium-range ballistic missile that can not fly far enough to strike American military bases in Guam, as analysts had feared".

Trump's caution showed. He did not weigh in on Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the US would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory. "It's clear from Trump's words that he realizes that a boiling Middle East is not good, and that the US isn't far away".

I'm generally reluctant to make a fuss about others" typos, but this one's a gem: "Official White House Document Promotes Goal of "Lasting Peach' Between Israelis and Palestinians".

Aaron David Miller, a Middle East peace adviser to Democratic and Republican secretaries of state, said that despite Greenblatt's positive reviews in the region, there are limits over how much influence he, or any American officials, can have over the process.

"I'm really puzzled by the way Arab leaders are reacting to Trump", said Hussain Al-Qatari, who works in public relations in Kuwait.

Trump referenced the new center in his speech to 50 Middle East leaders Sunday afternoon. He urged Netanyahu to reject Palestinian statehood and insist that Jerusalem remain under Israeli sovereignty forever. He reiterated the Palestinians' demands, including establishing a capital in East Jerusalem, territory Israel claims as well, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognizing the state of Palestine".

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