Trump heads to Israel in possible first arrival from Saudi

While Mr. Trump was in town, visiting the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Israel wanted him to focus mostly on the Israel-U.S. partnership, including its opposition to Iran.

Jason Greenblatt, Trump's lead Middle East negotiator who accompanied him to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, will return to the region on Thursday, the Israeli news site Ynet reported.

The White House late Tuesday released a readout of Trump's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem from earlier that day. The first is the reversal of the Iran nuclear deal framework, brokered by former President Barack Obama in 2015, which calls for a restriction of Iran's nuclear capacities in exchange for significant economic incentives from the West. "I like you too", Trump said when the audience quieted. "The one thing that it probably will be is quiet and discreet", he said of future negotiations. It is one of several sites in the occupied West Bank that media outlets misrepresented as being in Israel. 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.

Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an awesome accomplishment".

"I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal".

He had met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday.

Dr. James Dobson, the founder and president of Family Talk, applauded Trump's travels.

The last talks, led by former United States president Barack Obama, collapsed in 2014. Under my administration you see the difference. Trump and his hosts will reasonably claim it as a big win.


The idea that the nuclear deal would make Iran more moderate has proved spectacularly wrong, as demonstrated by its defiant ballistic missile launches, its indispensable support for the genocidal Assad regime in Syria, its backing of the Houthi insurgency in Yemen, its worldwide support for terrorism, its relentless anti-Americanism and commitment to the annihilation of Israel.

"He wants peace", he said.

Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine".

The drama didn't stop after the Trumps left Israel, either: A second video surfaced of Melania seeming to reject her husband's hand Tuesday after landing in Rome.

Full normalization with almost the entire Arab and Muslim world in exchange for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights is the central idea behind the Arab Peace Initiative, which Trump was likely told about at great length during his meetings in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Tillerson also said: "The president is very cautious in his attempt to understand how such a decision could affect the peace process".

But in the months since Trump took office, the White House has consistently muddled its way through the sensitive minefield of Israeli-Palestinian policy, leaving analysts scratching their heads over how much importance to ascribe to sometimes contradictory statements from Trump and administration officials. He must address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a way that respects Palestinian rights and spurs cooperation between the main regional powers of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said.

Israeli leaders put the conflict at almost 100 years old, dating it to anti-Jewish riots in the 1920s, and Trump's addition "of more", which did not appear in the prepared remarks, was likely meant as a nod to them.

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