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

Will Trump visit help the Middle East peace process?

Will Trump visit help the Middle East peace process?

Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge - at least for now. "So you have another story wrong", he said.

US President Donald Trump called on Arab leaders to do their fair share to "drive out" terrorism from their countries on Sunday in a speech that put the burden on the region to combat militant groups.

United States officials said the information originated from Israel.

Trump's visit was complicated by reports that USA representatives had told Israeli officials that Netanyahu should not join Trump because the wall "isn't your territory".

Trump's daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism and is married to one of the president's top aides, Jared Kushner, also visited the women's side of the wall.

Trump, speaking in Saudi Arabia, urged Muslim nations to join the United States against killing innocent people in the name of religion and the failure to take a firm and united stand against terrorism.

Mr Rouhani dismissed the criticism and said it was actually Iran and its allies that were fighting terrorists.

The interim president of the City College of New York (CCNY) has apologized to a top Israeli diplomat and announced the establishment.

"From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region", Trump said in a major speech in Saudi Arabia.

A White House spokesperson later clarified that the comments "do not reflect the USA position, and certainly not the president's position".

Before visiting the Western Wall, Trump toured the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. The chief rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinovich and his wife Yael, greeted them.

Yet Trump's remarks at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also seemed to implicitly confirm later reports that Israel was the partner country that provided the intelligence. Tillerson referred to the visit as "a moment in time" and suggested that the US would take a more active role in the future in brokering a deal if both sides make serious commitments. He boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years." in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"He even said 'I wish there was more like us, '" says Hazan. "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", he said. Indeed, the Air Force One flight itself was as symbolic as it was historic: It was the first known direct flight allowed between Saudi Arabia and Israel in modern history.

The message written by President Donald Trump at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum guest book and signed by him and his wife Melania after their visit on May 23, 2017, in Jerusalem.

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