Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Trump making his way to the "G-Nato" at Taormina

Trump making his way to the

He became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

Schachtel also pointed out that Tillerson refused to tell reporters that the Western Wall is the property of Israel, saying only that it is located in Jerusalem.

Yet President Trump has embraced the Palestinians on equal footing with the Israelis.

The peace process has been deadlocked since April 2014 when indirect negotiations led by then USA secretary of state John Kerry collapsed. "They save them." So much for those 72 virgins. The Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia along with Israel likely to further cooperation with the USA against Iran in Yemen, Iraq and some parts of Syria. The worldwide community doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and Palestinians regard it as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

A US -born Israeli says he was both delighted and disappointed by President Donald Trump's visit to Israel.

It is said that Trump tried to cast Iran as a common enemy to bring Israel and Arab states of the Persian Gulf closer, including Saudi Arabia. In public remarks in the West Bank town of Bethlehem and in Jerusalem, Trump avoided mention of a two-state solution to the Palestinian conflict, and made no references to controversial Jewish settlements or to recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"By going there, he is the president, which shows very, very clearly his respect and acknowledgement for the connection of the Jewish people with its land and with its capital, which goes beyond diplomatic pronouncements", said Shoval.

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"I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an fantastic accomplishment".

Trump is meeting Mahmoud Abbas to "urge the Palestinian leaders to make constructive steps towards peace".

"I think that came across loud and clear", says Rubin. Franks condemned the Palestinian Authority's payments to "terrorists, to give them salaries for killing innocent people, including Israelis", while calling Israel America's most important ally in the world.

Trump visited Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday and Tuesday, and in a closing speech talked extensively about his commitment to Israel's security.

The continuation of the current stalemate is in the interest of neither Israelis nor Palestinians, though the Palestinians are having rough time due to Israel's cruel occupation and continuous violation of their rights.

Although Abbas has yet to publicly responded to Trump's demand that financing of terrorism stop, I believe Trump will force him to do so. The legacy of the Arab Spring and the lingering dissent against authoritarian rule inside most Arab states could mean that Trump's overtures could backfire soon.

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