Trump pledges solidarity with United Kingdom as he condemns 'evil losers' behind attack

Carla Harmon
May 23, 2017

Trump's comments came before meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem as part of a two-day visit to Israel meant to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and unite the Middle East in the fight against terrorism.

The Palestinian prisoners' affairs committee called for a "day of rage" on Tuesday, when Trump visits the West Bank town Bethlehem, for "the voice of the prisoners to be heard by the president".

"As the President of America, he feels like it's one of the things that he has to try to do", a senior White House official said.

Welcoming Trump, Netanyahu said, "I also look forward to working closely with you to advance peace in our region, because you have noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners".

"In the Middle East, an area that suffers from terrorism and madness, the alliance between the United States and Israel shines like a beacon of liberty and progress", Rivlin said. "But for the first time in many years - and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime - I see a real hope for change". As Mr Trump shook hands with Mr Netanyahu he asked, "What is the protocol?"

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism. But the more interesting aspect is the way in which this will wreak havoc internally, as there is a clear divide between Trump officials who think that the Western Wall is in Israel and Trump officials who think it is not.

Jared later followed his father-in-law to the wall while the Rabbi's wife accompanied Ivanka and Melania to the "women's prayer section" nearby, in keeping with the gender-segregated Orthodox custom. The first lady placed her hand on the wall and slipped a note between the stones. Trump did not visit the Muslim sites above the Western Wall. The Trump administration drew the ire of some Israelis this week when officials declined to state that the Western Wall was part of Israel, as has been USA policy.

To further emphasize the petitioners' call, dozens of Christian and Jewish leaders will appear in Washington, D.C. tomorrow to echo their congregants' demands to the White House. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared the site part of Israel, while U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday dodged the question.

Yet Trump himself brought up a source of criticism.

The president also lambasted the nuclear deal reached between the US and Iran under the Obama administration.

Trump is seeking to ease concerns that his policies won't be as beneficial to Israel as once believed.

In the weeks following his win, Trump allowed Israel's right-wing government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to approve thousands of settlement units, pass a bill that legalized Jewish outposts built on Palestinian-owned land in the West Bank and announce the creation of the first new Israeli settlement for two decades.

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