Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Trump urges Netanyahu to seize 'new partnerships' with Arab world

Trump urges Netanyahu to seize 'new partnerships' with Arab world

Speaking from his home in Jerusalem Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu welcomed President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania to the Holy City. On Tuesday he will travel to Bethlehem.

Fresh off a remarkably warm reception in Saudi Arabia, Trump arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport and walked a red-carpeted gauntlet of Israeli dignitaries there to greet him.

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Disclosing such highly sensitive information to Russian Federation could put Israeli spies at risk and discourage other USA allies from sharing intelligence with the United States in the future. "There is no other way", he said.

The reception marked a contrast from his difficulties at home where he is struggling to contain a mushrooming scandal after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey almost two weeks ago.

Iran's foreign minister accused Trump of using foreign policy as an excuse for selling billions of dollars' worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, its longtime foe. Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab countries to have signed peace deals with Israel.

He once again singled out Iran, branding it "a state sponsor of terrorism".

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The U.S. president placed Hamas alongside the the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and other Islamist organizations he said had caused a "tragedy of epic proportions" across the world.

Earlier, at the airport, Netanyahu said Israel hoped Trump's visit would be a "milestone on the path towards reconciliation and peace". "Peace we seek is durable in which the Jewish state is recognized, security remains in Israel's hands and conflict ends once and for all".

According to reports, Trump is expected to have bilateral talks with Netanyahu and Palestine President Mahmud Abbas amid tight security.

When he met Abbas earlier this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of U.S. policy.

Trump, during his run for the White House, said he would move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge.

While in Jerusalem, Trump said he noticed a "tremendous, well, really good feeling toward Israel" when he visited the kingdom. Some Palestinians said they were disappointed by the omission.

Although Trump has promised to secure the best deal between two the sides, officials say they don't believe anything significant will be announced during this visit.

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