Donald Trump flight from Saudi to Israel thought to be first ever

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

After a bewildered look Trump agreed, although Netanyahu tried to prevent it by gently pushing Hazan's arm.

Trump is the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, and the first president to visit Israel so early in his term. He pulled out a note from his jacket pocket and placed it into a crack in the wall.

Ahead of a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House, on its official website, provided a live stream of the event.

On his part, Mr Netanyahu said that American-Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific", attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated the confidentiality of an agreement with Israel. "King Salman feels very strongly and, I can tell you, would love to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians".

Netanyahu, whose vocal opposition to the 2015 nuclear deal put him at odds with Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, thanked Trump for his stance against Iran.

Trump landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport for a two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of his first trip overseas since taking office.

US President Donald Trump travelled to Jerusalem on Monday to seek ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, but also used the visit to again lash out at Iran.

At the end of Mr. Trump's historic first day of meetings in Israel and visits to holy sites, the president said he's optimistic about "a new level of partnership" between the USA and Israel after eight years of worsening relations during the Obama administration.

"We have, before us, a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region, and its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace", Mr Trump said in brief remarks after his arrival. "But we can only get there working together".

In stressing threats from Iran, Trump echoed a theme laid out during weekend meetings in Saudi Arabia with Muslim leaders from around the world, many wary of the Islamic Republic's growing regional influence and financial muscle.

The president arrived at the wall Monday afternoon, donning a yarmulke, as is the tradition at Jewish holy sites. He also said Iran would continue a ballistic missile programme that has already triggered USA sanctions, saying it was for defensive purposes only.Trump's foreign tour comes in the shadow of difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director almost two weeks ago.

Trump has vowed to do whatever necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbing a peace accord "the ultimate deal".

Israeli settlement activity has pushed further and further into Palestinian territory in Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank, as many right-wing conservative Israelis consider the whole of the West Bank to belong to Israel. "It will leave an impression on me forever".

"I think (Trump) feels like there's a moment in time here", Tillerson told reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One. "You don't usually hear that from a foreign leader". After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican along with Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings. He is slated to meet separately with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

During his acceptance ceremony as ambassador on May 16, Friedman said it was "time for the whole world to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel - de facto, not just de jure".

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