Trump's flight to Tel Aviv made a little bit of history

Andrew Cummings
May 25, 2017

He told reporters he never mentioned Israel in the meeting. "So you have another story wrong".

Netanyahu played it down, saying that U.S.

The disclosure raised concerns that Trump had compromised an intelligence source and media later reported the information had come from the Israelis.

Earlier on Monday, on Mr Trump's first visit to Israel as president, he said he sees a growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a "common cause" with Israel in their determination to counter threats posed by Iran.

Melania Trump on day two of her visit to Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump.

Trump, who had previously suggested that it would be easier than anticipated to solve the conflict that has vexed his predecessors for decades, said that conditions were right in both Israel and the Arab world to strike what he has called "the ultimate deal". So while addressing leaders from over 50 Muslim countries in Riyadh on Sunday, he was extremely careful not to hurt the kingdom's sensibilities.


Troubles back at home seem nonexistent overseas for President Donald Trump. But obstacles have emerged that may complicate the relationship between the White House and the Knesset. "Who can claim that stability of the region can be restored without Iran?" he said. "It will leave an impression on me forever". More than 20 people were killed by an apparent suicide bomber. "As an American, probably the most frequent question I am asked is: 'Why is the United States attacking us?'"

He also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb. On Tuesday, he is set to meet with Palestinian lead Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared the site part of Israel, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday dodged.

Whether or not this gambit gives breathing room for USA and Israel, it sets the stage for greater tension, particularly with Washington lining up a $110 billion arms package for the Saudis that will boost job creation in America.

Trump will have visited significant homes of three major religions by his trip's end, Islam, Judaism and Christianity, a point that his senior aides say is important in bolstering his argument that the Islamist militancy is a battle between "good and evil".

Trump offered few indications of whether he planned to shift US policy to better fight terrorism. He boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years." in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Given Trump's willingness to say one thing on one day and the opposite on another day, though, his actions matter more than his words. "We believe Israel is willing".


But US-Saudi tensions rose as Washington negotiated the nuclear deal with its Shiite rival, Iran.

The press flight from Riyadh had to make a pit stop in Cyprus.

"There is still much work to be done", Trump said. Gulf Arab countries long have been suspicious about Iran, and the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations furthered their worries about Iran's regional intentions.

Vitali described "a lot of synergy between these two governments, and I think that when you compare that to the Obama administration, a lot of it has to do with the Trump administration and the president's specific rhetoric on countries like Iran".

While Israeli officials cheered Trump's election, some are now wary of the tougher line he has taken on settlements: urging restraint but not calling for a full halt to construction.

Salman also pledged that the US and Saudi Arabia will advance to the "level of strengthening consultations, cooperation and coordination on all fronts".


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