No sign of the ultimate deal as Donald Trump leaves Israel

US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Western Wall the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalems Old City

US First Lady Melania Trump visits the Western Wall the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalems Old City

"Peace is a choice we must make each day - and the United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christian and Muslim children all across the region".

At a news conference in Bethlehem alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Trump expressed his condolences to those affected by the attack - Britain's first suicide bombing in more than a decade.

"The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace" and "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace", said Trump.

On his part, Trump stressed the need to forge a historic peace deal, without mentioning any reference to the two-state solution or to an independent Palestinian state. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours", Abbas told his American counterpart, stressing, however, that the real problem was in occupation and settlements.

Noting how Trump did not mention Palestinian statehood or a two-state solution in his public remarks with Abbas, Member of Knesset Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, "This is a huge achievement, on a historic scale, and a big win for anyone opposed to the mistaken and risky idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel".

Video footage shows that when Donald and Melania arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, the US President reached for his wife's hand - seemingly copying the behaviour of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.

"I know you've heard it before".

Facing anxious European leaders, Trump goes on offensive
He scolded other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and challenged them to pay their "fair share" of defense spending. Trump is slated to leave Brussels late Thursday for the final piece of his trip, a two-day stay in Sicily for G-7 meetings.

Trump travelled to the Middle East to show the world American leadership has returned.

"He's looking for a kind of outside-in approach, first peace between Israel and Sunni Arab states, who have a common enemy in Iran, and that regional peace leading to Israeli-Palestinian peace".

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.

Israeli officials were not invited to join him on a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. Lockheed Martin will assemble 150 Black Hawk helicopters intended for the Saudi kingdom in Saudi Arabia instead of assembling them in the US. Abbas's Fatah party is at sharp odds with the Islamist group Hamas, which is in power in Gaza, leaving no unified Palestinian position on peace.

During a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin of Israel, Mr Trump started to praise his new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the "incredible job" he has done.

He fully believes Trump committed to standing up for Israel in peace negotiations but warns history has shown the process is fraught with multiple attempts that have gone awry.

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