In Jerusalem, Trump says Iran must stop backing 'terrorists' immediately

Trump was joined by first lady Melania Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump. He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal government announcement.

"According to an Israeli official, the Israeli Cabinet has made a decision to increase the hours at a key border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank and allow Palestinians limited building rights in some areas of the West Bank where Palestinian building is restricted".

As delivered, Trump's speech differed from the script circulated by the White House. "We believe Israel is willing".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also addressed Trump's rumored sleepiness: "He's doing better than I am".

"Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon", said the U.S. commander-in-chief. He has taken a tougher line on settlements than Israeli officials had expected, urging restraint but though not calling for a full halt to construction.

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

At the same time, Abbas and the Palestinians have been pleasantly surprised by their dealings with Trump. "Those who fund terrorists can not claim they are fighting against them", he said.

At the same time, he says Israel welcomes Trump's push for peace, and its hand is extended in peace "to all neighbors, including the Palestinians". Earlier Tuesday, his motorcade crossed through the barrier surrounding biblical Bethlehem for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, where he pressed for progress on the dormant peace process. Netanyahu had a frosty relationship with former U.S. President Barack Obama, but has lavished praise on Trump throughout his visit. Officially, the US does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. Israeli officials are on edge over the U.S refusal to say the Western Wall is part of Israel.

Israel considers the entire city to be its capital. Democratic and Republican administrations have in the past said Jerusalem's status must be solved through US negotiation.

"Of course, there is still much work to be done".

The question of whether Trump would speak the words "radical Islamic terrorism" was reportedly the subject of significant debate inside the White House.

Still, Trump was enthusiastically received by Netanyahu, who leapt to his feet when the president declared that his administration "will always stand with Israel".

"The issue over many years has not been the mediator in the middle - it's the guys sitting on the other sides of the mediators", said Miller, now a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. If Mr. Trump wants to be peacemaker and make West Asia a more secure place, he has to reach out to both sides and appeal to them to dial down the tensions that have already spilled into Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.

The White House said Trump was being updated on the attacks in Manchester, England, by his national security team.

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