Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Trump's Twitter profile features his Western Wall prayer

Palestinians would have liked Trump to publicly back their aspiration to statehood.

After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican along with Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings.

If Israel and the Palestinians can forge an agreement, it could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East", Mr Trump said. Instead, the information Trump revealed is thought to have been so specific that its origin was clear.

"President Trump reaffirmed his belief that peace is possible, not only between Israelis and Palestinians, but throughout large parts of the Middle East", the release explained.

Trump's actions since have left them disappointed, with the embassy remaining in Tel Aviv - at least for now - and the White House seeking to restart peace efforts.

He cast uncertainty over years of worldwide efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Netanyahu at the White House in February.

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But complicating any deal is the adjacent hilltop site revered by Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary" and Jews as the "Temple Mount". Trump visited the Western Wall without any Israeli government officials by his side despite requests from Israeli officials.

In remarks earlier in the day with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, Trump said he sensed "such a different feeling toward Israel" from Arab countries that are still not at peace with the Jewish State. "Both sides will face tough decisions". "He's testing the proposition that making a general public embrace, while making the hard asks in private, is a better way of making progress". A settlement will mean finding solutions to centuries-old issues of land, faith and race.

"The slaughter of innocents must be unconditionally condemned and unflinchingly confronted no matter where it occurs - in Manchester, San Bernardino or Jerusalem: terror is terror is terror", Netanyahu said. "I demand the Israeli government to meet these humane, legitimate demands", he said. Overall, though, "It was a very pro-Israel visit and speech".

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 US policy.

Later, he made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones. Rather, Democratic and Republican administrations have said Jerusalem's status must be solved through US negotiation. He flew to Tel Aviv direct from Saudi Arabia, where at a summit on Sunday he urged Arab and Muslim leaders to work together to "drive out" Islamist extremists.

To combat this non-violent protest, Israelis have moved them to isolation, 10 prisoners to a small cell, cancelled canteen privileges, imposed a disciplinary fine of $56 per day, and cancelled family visits for 2 months.

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