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Pres. Trump Visit to Israel

Pres. Trump Visit to Israel

But he will step foot in Israel having offered few indications of how he plans to achieve what so many of his predecessors could not.

Though security was stepped up around Jerusalem's holy sites, some Israelis gathered in the Old City's Jewish Quarter, where they tried - mostly without success - to catch a glimpse of the USA president.

Trump will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Tuesday and the Palestinian leader said he hoped the meeting could be "useful and fruitful ..." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu belatedly attempted to stop him. Under interim agreements 60 percent of the West Bank, known as Area C, site of Israel's settlements, is under Israeli control and Palestinian development there has mostly been forbidden by Israel.

Who is "they"? Neither the original Washington Post story about Trump's disclosure of classified intelligence to the Russians, nor the New York Times story that identified Israel as the source of that intelligence, suggest that Trump identified the country by name.

It's also worth pointing out that neither the US or Israeli governments have officially confirmed that Israel was the source, something Trump didn't bother to mention.

Netanyahu maintained that "intelligence cooperation is terrific" between Israel and the United States in the wake of the revelations. His wife and daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism, visited the women's section of the wall.

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Activist Ebtasam Alsaegh, from the neighbouring village of Bani Jamra, told Reuters she could hear police firing birdshot. It said it was no coincidence it occurred two days after a "convivial" meeting between Trump and King Hamad .

After two days of talks in Saudi Arabia with Saudi King Salman and other Arab and Muslim leaders, Trump said that "tremendous progress has been made" in relations between Israel and the Saudis.

Trump insisted during his campaign that he was the man who could prevail where previous presidents failed regarding achieving Middle East peace, but now that advisers have filled him in on the specifics, he is changing his stance.

For instance, Trump and his campaign often said they thought - as Israelis do - that the US embassy should be in Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv.

"Words fail to capture the experience", Trump said of the moment on Monday.

U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson told reporters en route to Tel Aviv that any three-way meeting between Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas was for "a later date".

A screen on the official White House website previewing upcoming statements by Trump and Netanyahu noted the location as "Jerusalem, Israel".

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It later annexed east Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its capital.

The traditional American position has been that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between the two sides.

The last round of peace talks, led by then-President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, fell apart in 2014.

Trump has a notoriously combative relationship with the press, routinely slamming the "fake news media" for supposedly overstating his setbacks while failing to show sufficient respect for his accomplishments. Both he and Trump wore black kippahs, the skull caps worn by religious Jews and by others as a mark of respect. And I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East. We are exhausted of futile diplomacy that has only led to more bloodshed, which made us adopt a more sober view regarding the prospects of successful negotiations.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are on an open-ended hunger strike, now in its 36th day, saying they seek to improve their prison conditions.

Trump was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the hugely symbolic visit.

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The heaviest violence occurred at the Qalandia checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where dozens of Palestinian youths set tires and garbage on fire and hurled bottles and stones at Israeli troops.

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