Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump pays historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall

Trump pays historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall

Trump also expressed optimism that he can help facilitate peace between Israel and Palestinians. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he argued he never mentioned Israel, the source of the classified intelligence, according to various officials - something he has not been accused of doing.

The US President also blasted Tehran's support for "terrorists", during a visit to Jerusalem.

Halfway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the 9-ton presidential limousine, commonly referred to as "The Beast", broke down.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack, making it the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.

"He has been clear about these issues, and will remain clear on those issues during the visit", the unnamed official said.

Trump and Netanyahu in particular lavished praise on each other during their multiple meetings.

At the Israel Museum, it even sounded as if Trump was talking about the biblical King Solomon when he mentioned the Saudi monarch, saying, "I was hosted by King Salman, a very wise man".

During his visit, Trump is scheduled to meet with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, in Bethlehem, and will "urge Palestinian leaders to take productive steps toward peace, " the text accompanying the video reads. "I think you're going to see something happen".

"What's happened with Iran has brought numerous parts of the Middle East towards Israel", Mr Trump said in public remarks at a meeting with Mr Rivlin. Trump's ambassador to Israel David Friedman is a well-respected bankruptcy lawyer who worked with Trump.

Trump conspicuously promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem at an AIPAC event in March of 2016. And it appears the USA president yielded to their demands.

Camera captures Melania swatting away Donald Trump's hand at Israel arrival
The meeting was held at the President's Residency in Jerusalem, which started Trump's two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran", Trump said as he opened talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump said alongside Abbas that an agreement with Israel could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East".

COPS gunned down a knife-wielding attacker after he tried to stab officers in Jerusalem during Donald Trump's visit today.

Much of Trump's first day in Jerusalem was spent in ceremonies both celebratory and somber. "It was one bang, and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit." 2.

Israeli hi-tech companies also create American jobs, but in the tens, not hundreds, or thousands. As an aside, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir pointed out during a press conference with Tillerson that ExxonMobil, the company Tillerson led before becoming secretary of state, is the largest single investor in Saudi Arabia. "Iran calls for the destruction of Israel. The alternative explanation is that he is not, as he famously said, 'like, a smart person.' That realization should petrify both Americans and our allies and entice our enemies, who are probably convinced they can fool the hapless president again and again". And yes, the first son-in-law intervened to help clinch a major Lockheed Martin weapons sale to the Saudis that Trump wanted finalized before he reached the desert kingdom.

Still, Trump's popularity among Israelis has dropped significantly since he took office in January.

Trump added this statement to the remarks prepared for him, in effect tying the future of the anti-Iran coalition to the Palestinian issue despite Netanyahu's longtime efforts to unlink the two.

"Once again we reassert to you our positions", Abbas said elaborating, "accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel... and resolving longstanding issues based on worldwide law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative".

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