Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump 'didn't cite Israel' as source of Isis intelligence

Trump 'didn't cite Israel' as source of Isis intelligence

Security was tight for Trump's journey to Bethlehem, a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem but located across Israel's separation wall.

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. "They (the comments) do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the president's position", a White House spokesman said.Mr Trump, who is making his first visit to Israel as United States of America president, said: "I never mentioned the word or the name Israel in that conversation".Jerusalem's failure to anticipate these about-face decisions reflects more than the simple error of taking campaign promises too seriously.

Hazan has proved controversial throughout his two years in office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Palestinians Tuesday after their leader condemned the Manchester attack that they must end a law ensuring payments to suicide bombers if they are serious about combating terrorism.

He also urged Israel to comply with "just and human demands" of hundreds of Palestinian hunger strikers now forgoing food for the 37th day in Israeli prisons.

"Palestinians are ready to reach for peace".

Israel shares the antipathy of many Arab states towards Iran, seeing the Islamic Republic as a threat.

If confirmed as a terror incident, it would be the deadliest attack on British soil since the 2005 London bombings, which killed 52 people.

He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global peace efforts and US Middle East diplomacy.

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Trump's visit is part of his first trip overseas as president, and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism while also criticising Iran.

The Palestinian leader added that "the key to peace" in the Middle East was the independence and freedom of the Palestinian people.

Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of United States and global precedent.

The White House said Trump was being updated on the attacks in Manchester, England, by his national security team.

In a joint news conference, Abbas stressed that the Palestinian people's attainment of freedom and independence was the key to peace and stability in the world, "so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a safe, stable, and prosperous future".

His administration however has not made it clear whether they will be changing long-standing U.S. policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem.

Later, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Netanyahu railed against heinous crimes, as well - characterizing Abbas as a hypocrite in his remarks as he touched on the Palestinian Authority's payments to the families of convicted terrorists.

One point of contention in the talks: the fate of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel considers all of Jerusalem its indivisible capital, a status that is not recognised internationally. Tonight, Trump is flying to the Vatican, where he's slated to meet with Pope Francis on Wednesday.

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