Trump heads off to Bethlehem to meet Palestinian president

Speaking with CNN before Trump's speech, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog also said he sensed a change in the region amid efforts by Trump and his team of negotiators to shake up the status quo in the peace process.

The Palestinian leader affirmed his willingness to cooperate with the US administration to conclude a historic peace agreement with Israel.

It is a stark symbol for Palestinians of Israel's 50-year occupation of the West Bank, and in Bethlehem the wall has been covered with graffiti and street art.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

I want you to tell you how much we appreciate the reassertion of USA leadership in the Middle East.

Palestinians yesterday staged protests around the West Bank over Mr Trump's visit and conditions in Israeli prisons.

Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded.

And while Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power. "But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal".

"However, whether by circumstance or by design there are new factors that are realigning the traditional equation of the impasse", he said.

Iran Foreign Minister Disparages Trump Speech, Arms Deal
"He termed the fight against terrorism as a "battle between good and evil", and not a clash between "the West and Islam". Trump's address on Sunday was the centrepiece of his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, his first stop overseas as President.

Trump's statement was largely interpreted in Israel as a sharp rebuke to the Palestinian Authority (PA) practice of paying salaries to jailed Palestinians and to the families of those who were killed while trying to carry out attacks against Israel.

President Donald Trump said he's "truly hopeful" America can help Israel and the Palestinians broker a peace deal following his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday. The idea isn't entirely new.

In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalisation" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister has always been known as an opponent of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and major world powers.

But now, antagonism toward Iran is injecting urgency into regional discussions and there is widespread optimism that some sort of upgrade to relations can take place under Trump.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.

The most high-profile moment of Trump's stay in Jerusalem was his visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. The two countries do not have diplomatic relations. 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 US policy. Before that he visited Saudi Arabia.

Trump pledged to remain supportive to Israel.

White House aides have tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting it as more symbolic than substantive. The President was greeted by an American marching band upon his arrival.

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