Netanyahu's pledge: Jerusalem 'will not be divided again'

Netanyahu's pledge: Jerusalem 'will not be divided again'

In his final address, Trump said again that the Palestinians and the Israelis were ready for peace.

After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the President said "we can truly achieve a more peaceful future for this region and for people of all faiths and all beliefs and frankly all over the world".

TRUMP: Making peace, however, will not be easy.

"The two leaders also agreed on the need to counter Iran and its proxies, including by building strong military capabilities to protect Israel and the region from Iranian aggression", the White House added.

Trump was considering making that bold announcement during his trip here, but backed off fulfilling that pledge amid a torrent of warnings from US foreign policy officials and Arab diplomats, who said such a move would hinder peace efforts and set off tensions in the region. So, according to this writer, he puts on a grand show, bubbling over with praise for Netanyahu after bubbling over with praise for the king of Saudi Arabia and all the Arab leaders at the summit in Riyadh. "We're in a new era", he said.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday he was uneasy over a massive US-Saudi arms deal announced at the weekend, saying it was part of a "crazy" regional arms race.

Trump, a heavy critic of the Iran nuclear deal between the U.S., the UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, and Iran, once again made his feelings on the deal clear.

Gray quotes Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, whom she claims has privately characterized Bannon as the most pro-Israel member of the Administration. So Trump is, in those remarks, kind of putting Israeli-Palestinian peace kind of in the center of the agenda. He didn't talk about Israeli assessments in the West Bank, where Palestinians want to build a Palestinian state. "Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize, which undermines the realization of a two-state solution". Trump steered through the complex political terrain of the Middle East and strengthened alliances by repeating simple messages.

I even met a Palestinian woman yesterday who said she read Trump's book "How to Get Rich". Police also ejected several Jewish visitors who bowed in prayer, in violation of a longstanding ban on Jewish worship at the site.

Mahmoud Abbas and Donald Trump in Bethlehem, May 23, 2017.

In June 2009, Obama made his first overseas trip to Cairo to apologize to the Muslim world for America's fight against Muslim terrorists after al-Qaida's 9/11 attack.

But while enthusing about the "incredible job" performed by new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Trump mentioned that he had just flown from a meeting with the heads of Saudi Arabia.

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