In Jerusalem, Trump solemnly remembers Holocaust victims

In Jerusalem, Trump solemnly remembers Holocaust victims

President Donald Trump pauses as he makes a statement on the terrorist attack in Manchester, after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sought to accompany Trump to the Western Wall.

The Palestinian president greeted Abbas outside the presidential palace and the two men walked along a red carpet onto its grounds.

Still, Mitchell stressed that the challenges in Israel and the Palestinian territories remain just as stiff as ever as Trump joins the long list of U.S. presidents who have tried to broker Middle East peace.

"We reassert to you our positions of a two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem, living alongside of Israel", he said, referring to Israel's occupation of the West Bank following a war against three Arab armies.

Trump was scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, and will next travel to Rome, where he will meet with Pope Francis on Wednesday.

Earlier, as Air Force One headed to Israel, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters on board Mr Trump was prepared to invest his personal efforts into Middle East peace if Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready to be serious about engaging in the process. He said Israel must be able "to defend itself by itself" and praised Trump's commitment to Israel's security.

While Israeli officials cheered Mr 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. "I just feel like it's such an intimate thing for us", she told Vogue in 2015.

Dan Shapiro, the USA ambassador to Israel under Obama, said Israelis had discovered that Trump was not turning out as they expected.

In Tehran on Monday, Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani ridiculed USA strategy in the Middle East, dismissing Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia as "just a show".

Abbas said that achieving peace will help growth of the Palestinian economy.

Benjamin Netanyahu has said "for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change" after his meeting with Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump doesn't much like museums.

Netanyahu must deal with opposition from rightist elements within his coalition who oppose any steps towards a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict.

"We're pretty observant, more than some, less than others".

The president and first lady Melania Trump visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection, and the Western Wall, part of the Jewish temple complex destroyed by Rome in 70 C.E. He became the first sitting United States president to visit the site in the east of the disputed city.

But no matter the comparatively good vibes surrounding Trump's trip to Israel, Netanyahu may grow disappointed in the coming months and years.

Husam Zumlot, a former adviser to Abbas who is now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides.

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