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

Trump says he never mentioned Israel to Russians

"I would like to reiterate our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge an historic peace deal with the Israelis", he said, speaking through an interpreter.

On Tuesday, Trump will travel to Bethlehem to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a politician who is increasingly unpopular at home but still championed by foreign leaders as a key interlocutor for Mideast peace.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy ... but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible", he said. "Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements".

Netanyahu must deal with opposition from rightist elements within his coalition who oppose any steps towards a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict.

The official new agency WAFA reported that Abbas said he would work so that the meeting with President Donald Trump was successful and that it was his duty to work towards achieving the Palestinian cause.

"I think that the fact that you've taken a very strong position on Iran, different position, not only helps security, but also helps propel the possibility of reconciliation and peace between Israel and the Arab world". "He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory".

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In the Gaza Strip, some Palestinians trampled photos of the U.S. leader and even burnt an effigy of Trump.

In another instance, Melania appeared to avoid another public hand-holding with the president as the couple deplaned in Rome on Tuesday. On a visit to the Yad Vashem memorial, the president and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath on a stone slab under which ashes from some of those killed in concentration camps are buried.

But no matter the comparatively good vibes surrounding Trump's trip to Israel, Netanyahu may grow disappointed in the coming months and years.

On Friday and Saturday, the president is back in Italy, specifically on the island of Sicily, for the Group of Seven summit.

In Belgium, the American leader will make remarks at the new headquarters of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation amid concern among alliance members about Trump's commitment to the organization.

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