US President Trump condemns Manchester terror attack, calls perpetrators 'evil losers'

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Majdi al-Khalidi, a diplomatic adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Thursday denied reports of a new US-led regional peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Although Abbas has yet to publicly responded to Trump's demand that financing of terrorism stop, I believe Trump will force him to do so.

Trump's two-day visit came immediately before the Israeli holiday of Jerusalem Day, which this year marked the 50th anniversary of Israel's reunification of the holy city during the Six Day War.

"I've heard its one of the toughest deals of all", Trump said of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, "but I have a feeling we will get there eventually, I hope". "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. We stress it will be never again that so many of yours are murdered". It's between us and occupation.

In his speech yesterday, Mr Trump seemed to acknowledge the complexities of the matter.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy". Trump himself never commented.

Tamara Keith, NPR News, traveling with the president. He didn't want to wade into any thorny issues. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the Manchester attack.

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Naftali Bennett, leader of the rightist Jewish Home party, a key member of Netanyahu's governing coalition, summed up the prevailing mood among officials in the wake of Trump's visit. It was much more about relationship-building. When asked about the two-state solution, Trump said he would not rule out any option, saying, in a break from decades-old USA policy, that he was "looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

DANIEL ESTRIN: Clinton tried.

Trump, for his part, stressed the need to forge a historic peace deal, without mentioning any reference to the two-state solution or to an independent Palestinian state. First addressing the deaths of 22 people at a concert Monday in Manchester, England, he called for "a coalition of partners who share the aim of stamping out extremism and violence, and providing our children a peaceful and hopeful future".

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum. Trump's note simply read "It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends - so unbelievable & will never forget!" "So awesome, and will never forget".

Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a way forward.

The US president dedicated less than an hour to meet with Abbas in Bethlehem, during a two-day visit to Israel.

For the PBS NewsHour, I'm John Yang.

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