Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump condemns 'evil losers' behind Manchester attack

President Donald Trump doesn't expect to emerge from his two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank with a peace deal in hand, but he is the latest president to arrive here with the lofty goal in mind.

Fox News' Shepard Smith took a jab Monday at President Donald Trump over the report that he had jeopardized a spy who had infiltrated ISIS when he allegedly bragged about USA intelligence to Russian envoys in a recent meeting.

After an hour of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Trump condemned the bomb attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, calling the perpetrators "evil losers".

MK Hilik Bar (Zionist Union), chairman of the Caucus for a Two-State Solution, called for Trump to launch a regional peace process, including the Palestinians.

In Gaza, a coastal territory around 60 km (35 miles) west of the West Bank that is under a land and sea blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, demonstrations were expected later on Tuesday, following protests on Monday, to oppose Trump's visit to the region.

His hopes for peace already appear buoyed by his first visit to the Middle East.

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The two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories forms part of Mr Trump's first foreign trip as US president.

Trump told Abbas during the press conference, "I want you to be the Palestinian leader to sign the final agreement with Israel".

Dichter pointed out that Trump visited Jewish and Christian holy sites in Israel, and said that, had Trump asked, he could have visited the Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount, but in Saudi Arabia, he was not allowed to visit Muslim holy sites, because only Muslims are allowed in Mecca and Medina.

Trump left for Jerusalem after the welcome ceremony for his meeting with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at the President's House.

United States officials said the information originated from Israel.

Trump heads next to Europe, where planned meetings with world leaders on the economy and trade could be overtaken with discussion of terrorism and security.

Because of the moral clarity of both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump Israel has a historic peace opportunity.

The most high-profile moment of Trump's stay in Jerusalem was his visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

Yet Trump himself brought up a source of criticism.

Overseeing the push is Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a fellow real estate mogul who now serves as the President's senior adviser.

Trump stressed his support for the United Kingdom and mourned the loss of "beautiful young people".

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