After Israel, Trump's marathon maiden foreign trip will take him to the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis, to Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and to Sicily for a meeting of leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial nations.Earlier Monday, the president joked that longtime Trump Organization negotiator Jason Greenblatt and U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman would be responsible for achieving Middle East peace, a task that has also been delegated to Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Trump arrived in Bethlehem on Tuesday after weekend meetings with Saudi Arabian leaders in Riyadh, and a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"We liberated Jerusalem, we made it one city, imperfect but whole", Netanyahu told Knesset members at a special plenum for Jerusalem Day marking 50 years since the reunification of the capital during the Six Day War. "The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty". Herzog told the audience, which included President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Supreme Court Justice Miriam Naor, that Netanyahu was missing a "historic" opportunity for peace.
Trump's visit encouraged some Ohioans, including Ohio Jewish Communities Executive Director Howie Beigelman, who is based in Columbus.
"Therefore, will all due respect, it is not the USA embassy that is the more important thing the city is lacking, but rather tools and resources and significant decisions on changing directions", he stated.
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Bennett said the time was ripe to build new homes in the settlements, a move that Trump had previously urged Netanyahu to slow down on for now. "I think that he comes in with good relationships in some cases and with fresh thinking in other cases and that could be positive".
Ever since Donald Trump delivered a speech in Saudi Arabia declaring Arab leaders as USA allies in fighting terrorism, speculations have been flying around on whether the president has changed his stance on Islam.
Before the US president touched down in Israel, however, his coming visit was marred when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters the USA delegation was heading to "Tel Aviv, home of Judaism". Just a few hours after visiting the Western Wall, the background image of Trump's personal Twitter account was changed to feature a photo of the president with his hand on the Kotel.
Let's get this out of the way first: Israel and Saudi Arabia are both in the Middle East. The ambiguity, they said, would give both sides the flexibility to resume negotiations and start peace-building measures.
Beigelman thought the trip illustrated that the bond between the USA and Israel is a bipartisan relationship. Israel will return any money Congress may allocate in its 2017-2018 budget for Israel beyond the $3.1b., said Israel's acting National Security Adviser Yaakov Nagel, who negotiated the deal on Israel's behalf.
The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict.