Trump Today: President makes bid to revive Mideast peace process

"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".

"The wall is part of Jerusalem", he said, declaring an undeniable fact accepted by all sides. He didn't elaborate on the more delicate question: whether the administration would change USA policy over the status of Jerusalem.

Tillerson met with reporters in the back of Air Force One on Monday morning during the flight to the second stop on President Donald Trump's first global trip since taking office.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who are observant Jews, joined the president and his wife. Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone.

According to the White House, the visit affirmed the theme of Trump's first overseas trip, promoting unity and peace among the three Abrahamic faiths. Israel captured the Old City in 1967 during the Six-Day War.

She says Israel can often be a center of hostility and friction.

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 by graffiti and street art. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.

Netanyahu played down what has appeared to be a violation of an intelligence-sharing agreement with his country, saying U.S. During the campaign, Trump pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but has since walked back that promise. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not accompany the president to the Old City. An Israeli TV station quoted an American as telling the Israelis that the wall is not in Israeli territory, enraging Trump's Israeli hosts.

"It's never been better", Netanyahu said alongside Trump in Jerusalem. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was being kept up to date on the blast by his national security team. He said the issue would be discussed during Trump's trip. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared the site part of Israel, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday dodged the question. "We understand each other", Netanyahu said, thanking Trump for "the change in American policy on Iran" and the "reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East".

The Wall sits at the base of a plateau which Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary. The president stopped first in Saudi Arabia, home of Islam's most sacred sites. It is considered the holiest site in Judaism. Netanyahu said the Israeli people "applaud" the USA president for making the trip. Both he and Trump wore black kippahs as a mark of respect.

White house officials say it's helping to unite major religions. No explanation was given for the dateline. It comes a week after the US alliance with Israel was put to the test amid reports that Trump divulged highly classified intelligence obtained by the Israelis during his meeting with the Russian foreign minister.

But people familiar with Trump's plans said officials might offer a subtler gesture to recognize Israel's strong feelings about Jerusalem being its eternal capital.

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