Melania Trump Appears to Dodge President's Hand Again, This Time in Rome

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2017

While Israel regards all of Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible" capital, the Palestinians want the east of the city, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war, as the capital of their future state. But he offered no blueprint for movement toward reviving negotiations.

He checked out the Western Wall, Yad Vashem and the Israel Museum, and he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"This city, like no other place in the world, reveals the longing of the human heart - to know and worship God", said Trump.

During meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, Mr Trump focused attention on the threat from Iran but also talked about the opportunities for peace in the region and how Saudi Arabia and other Arab states were shifting their stance, potentially opening a window for a peace agreement.

Both world leaders said that they were optimistic that they might be able to work together for peace in Israel and indicated an interested in striking a deal between Israel and Palestine.

Right-wingers said they were at least relieved that Trump made no mention of the two-state solution, which they strongly oppose.

Worshill added that while "the killing of innocent" Muslims, Christians and Jews in Israel must stop, "I don't believe there will be true peace in Israel or on the earth until the Lord returns".

"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people", Trump said during a joint appearance with Abbas.

Is it possible? The Israelis would love to settle the conflict with the Palestinians in a way that allows them to keep their security positions, their major settlements, and all of Jerusalem. He urged them to put aside the "pain and disagreements of the past" and declared that both sides were ready to move forward.

Abbas, who has been politically weakened at home because of the continuing stalemate in peace efforts, appeared to be basking in the attention from an American president following a meeting in Washington earlier this month.

Trump has repeatedly underscored US support for Israel during his first global trip as president.

Trump framed the Western Wall visit as a personal moment, but there's no question it was done for public consumption-and the media ate it up.

Herzog met with Trump, Kushner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for several minutes, after the United States president's speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and just before Trump departed the country. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said. He said that while Abbas condemned Monday's attack in Manchester, "if [the attacker] had been Palestinian, the murderer's family would have gotten a payment". The Palestinians would love to settle the conflict by beginning the process of ejecting all of the Israelis from Israel. Netanyahu effusively praised Trump before his museum address and sprang to his feet to lead applause for him several times.

And indeed, the settlement issue, which dominated Israeli-American relations under President Obama, was totally absent from Trump's visit to Israel.

"My administration is committed to pursuing such a coalition, and we have already made substantial progress during this trip", he said.

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