Israelis Elated, Palestinians Disappointed by Trump Visit

US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the King David hotel in Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the King David hotel in Jerusalem

"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". He reiterated the Palestinians' demands, including establishing a capital in East Jerusalem, territory Israel claims as well, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognizing the state of Palestine".

He had met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. So PLO leader Yasser Arafat called a press conference and said something that sounded like a renunciation of terror (accounts of what Arafat actually said vary). Trump said he wouldn't use the term "monsters" since the suspects would like it.

"We are not talking about any of the substantive issues that would lead us towards a peace deal, not talking about Palestinian sovereignty, statehood, an end of the settlements or an end of the blockade [on Gaza]". "So we are telling you right now that Iran will not have nuclear weapons", he asserted.

Trump has repeatedly underscored US support for Israel during his first global trip as president.

"President Trump emphasized the importance of making a clear commitment to preventing inflammatory rhetoric and to stopping incitement, and to continue strengthening efforts to combat terrorism".

President Trump weighed in on the attack today. He noted that "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

"We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice", Trump stressed.

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Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum.

The status of Jerusalem is the subject of a longstanding USA policy debate - and it showed during Trump's trip. "And (Trump) really does want to work together with Israel in countering the threat from Jihadist Islam". Abbas also expressed his "warm condolences" to the victims of the attack and to the British people. "It's not easy. I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we're going to get there eventually, I hope".

The Palestinian leader raised numerous familiar grievances and demands for a peace deal with Israel, including a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and an end to what the Palestinians view as the illegal "occupation" of the West Bank.

His words matched his actions during his visit here.

The president and his family also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and embraced the Israeli ethos that the Jewish state rose out of the ashes of World War II.

Grant Rumley, an expert on Palestinian politics at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Jewish Insider, "This type of language harkens back to the Bush administration era concept of 'linkage, ' whereby solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would somehow unlock regional peace".

In an address to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump's visit to the Western Wall has "destroyed UNESCO's propaganda and lies", referring to the two resolutions by the United Nations cultural agency which criticized Israel for its control over Jerusalem without mentioning Jewish ties to the holy city. "It is deeply, deeply appreciated".

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