Trump makes historic visit to Western Wall

Posted May 24, 2017

On Tuesday morning just before 10 o'clock, President of The United States, Donald Trump and his convoy drove through the city of Bethlehem, passing the Israeli separation barrier, and meets for a short meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace.

Senior Hamas official Mushir Al Masri said Trump was "aligning himself with the policies of the [Israeli] occupier".

"The two leaders commended the Riyadh summit's condemnation of terrorism and extremism and pledged to work together to defeat terrorist organizations", the release said.

Trump since the start of his trip has focused on the threat from Iran, suggesting it could unite countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, and again mentioned threats like Hamas and Hezbollah during remarks at the Israel Museum.

"From the Palestinian leadership's perspective, I don't think their definition of peace fits within what most of us at least here in Congress and in the United States find as peace". "But I have a feeling that we're gonna get there eventually, I hope".

"Mr. President, I appreciate the fact that you went to the Western Wall and you're the first acting President who's done that".

"Making peace, however will not be easy, we all know that".

In a speech on regional peace on Monday, Trump said after meeting Arab leaders on his trip to Saudi Arabia, he believes that "a new level of partnership is possible and will happen".

"We reached historic agreements to pursue greater and greater cooperation in the fight against terrorism", Trump said of the deal. Greeting Abbas at the White House three weeks ago, Trump touted U.S.

The route took the president past the "Walled Off Hotel", a guesthouse run by the British graffiti artist Banksy that is created to draw attention to the security infrastructure, which Israel says is there to protect against Palestinian attacks.

But Rubio, who sparred with Trump on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, said the Palestinians' view of peace is at odds with those of the American people.

Abbas announced he is ready to be Trump's partner in securing peace in the Middle East through establishment of a Palestinian state on land captured by Israel in 1967.

Trump called Jerusalem a "sacred city", but did not follow through on his campaign pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the USA embassy to the city, which Trump called "the eternal capital of the Jewish people" during the campaign.