"Mr Chaos" Trump To Talk Middle East Peace During Stopover In Israel

"Welcome, our good friend", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said while greeting Trump after he stepped off Air Force One.

The hand-hold snub comes just a day after a similar video showed Trump walking along the red carpet at Ben-Gurion Airport on his arrival in Israel with his wife trailing slightly behind.

"What is the protocol?" The White House said it was Trump's idea to use the term "evil losers".

ESTRIN: Well, he's going to be doing the things that visiting USA presidents tend to do when they come here.

"It is something that I think is frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", Trump said when meeting Abbas in Washington earlier this month. He'll later to lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial, and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum.

Last week, administration officials confirmed to CNN that the embassy would stay where it is - at least for now - as Trump pursued a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. When the prime minister of Israel said over and over again no pre-conditions.

Obama also clearly stated that the "Palestinians must abandon violence" and urged the Arab world to do more to bring about a peace deal, including recognizing Israel.

White House aides have tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Mr Trump's stop, casting it as more symbolic than substantive.

While en route to Tel Aviv, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson previewed the stop as a continuation of the president's push for unity in the fight against terrorism, as well as an opening step in the quest for peace between Israel and Palestine. "I hope", Trump said after the meeting, without elaborating. And he also spoke of Israeli settlements and occupation and Palestinian prisoners. And I think probably the most delicate part of this visit is going to be his visit to the Western Wall.

Visions of an announcement that the United States embassy will be moved to Jerusalem evaporated in a series of gestures by the Trump administration that places it firmly within the policy guidelines of previous administrations that so rankle Israel's right-wing supporters.

Solving the Mideast peace riddle is the task of Trump's son-in-law and jack-of-all-trades troubleshooter, Jared Kushner. But complicating the issue for the Trump administration is the president's promise during the campaign to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be a de facto recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He has since backed away, saying the move was still being looked at, but there has also been speculation over whether he will make an announcement on the subject while visiting. The prime minister, who had a frosty relationship with Trump's predecessor, heaped praise on the president throughout the two-day visit, declaring: "We understand each other".

Palestinians print a poster depicting U.S. President Donald Trump in preparations for his planned visit, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem May 21, 2017.

Trump landed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for his first foreign tour since taking office.

"It's part of the West Bank" - a remark that an Israeli official said was "received with shock".

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