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President Donald Trump continues his first worldwide trip in Israel today, and there have been a few common themes so far in the first half of his journey: Strengthening ties between allies, creating stability, confronting religious extremism, and isolating Iran.

During his time in the region, part of a nine-day foreign trip that has taken in Saudi Arabia and will be followed by the Vatican, Italy and Belgium, Trump spent barely an hour with the Palestinians.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hold hands as they arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Rome from Ben Gurion International Airport.

But much of the intrigue over Trump's public statements during the trip revolved around what he didn't say.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy, we all know - both sides will face tough decisions - but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", Trump said.

He noted that before Trump was inaugurated, the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was celebrating Trump's election because of comments he made during the campaign that suggested a "dramatic shift away from a two-state solution". And he also spoke of Israeli settlements and occupation and Palestinian prisoners.

Trump labelled Bethlehem, "a precious city" and said he intended "to do everything he could" to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.

TRUMP: The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace.

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On Tuesday morning, Trump met with Abbas in Bethlehem, traveling across the barrier surrounding much of the biblical city. Trump, wearing a black skullcap, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall .

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Ambassador Ron Dermer, who was among a group of dignitaries seated in the meeting, clearly displayed his emotions after Mr Trump carried on his speech by saying, "We've just got back from the Middle East". He added that Israelis and Palestinians "can make a deal".

Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and which rivals Abbas, said Trump aligned "himself with the politics of the (Israeli) occupier" during his visit.

President Trump talked peace and Iran.

Instead, he appears keen to build confidence and assure Netanyahu and Abbas of wider Arab support in the region for peace moves, in the hope they might see fit to take steps and negotiate themselves.

Trump's feed also included tweets reflecting his assessment that his Middle East tour this week was a success.

In Bethlehem, Trump said he was "truly hopeful" for an end to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and added that goodwill from his visit would turn into peace talks.

In Bethlehem, Trump nodded to Israeli complaints of payments by the Palestinian Authority to families of Palestinians jailed in Israel and those killed in attacks on Israelis.

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