Was Trump the First U.S. President to Visit the Western Wall?

Posted June 03, 2017

Trump has appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior adviser on brokering an Israel-Palestinian deal, while Jason Greenblatt, formerly a lawyer in his real estate group, has taken the day-to-day role of liaising with leaders and officials in the region on the nitty-gritty of a solution.

The two-state solution has always been the cornerstone of USA policy in the region, and is widely regarded as the only settlement that both sides could realistically accept. He also suggested Israeli-Palestinian relations could have a domino effect on peace in the region.

"We just got back from. the Middle East".

President Trump's visit today to Judaism's sacred Western Wall was part of a 28-hour Holy Land tour meeting with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. "We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said.

United States President Donald Trump has called on Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises that could lead to peace as he wrapped up a visit with a speech in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is widely seen as the most right-wing administration in Israeli history and is pressing settlement expansion despite global concern.

The moment was part of the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, alongside Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Trump arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace.

"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of the two-state solution".

"I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack, and to the many killed and the families, so many families of the victims", Trump said.

But much of the intrigue over Trump's public statements during the trip revolved around what he didn't say.

"I would like to draw the attention to the issue of our Palestinian prisoners, who have been on hunger strike for more than one month, meters away from here in the vicinity of the Church of the Nativity".

Donald Trump, with his apparent lack of interest both in policy detail and in pretending the U.S.is a neutral party, could be uniquely qualified to accomplish what has eluded his predecessors.

"President Trump stressed the importance of creating an environment consistent with the desire for peace", the readout said.

"The fate of Jerusalem can't be decided by Trump, for Jerusalem is Arab; Jerusalem is Palestinian, and we decide its fate, not the Americans". "He was very moved", Rabinowitz said.

But others were more pessimistic about Trump's prospects for bringing peace - not only politicians but also religious leaders, including the Jerusalem-based representative of the Vatican, which was the next stop on the President's itinerary.

It is the first time a sitting US president has visited and prayed at the site. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are.

A boy wrapped with Israel's national flag is seen during a parade marking Jerusalem Day, the day in the Jewish calendar when Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Old City from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East War. The worldwide community doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and Palestinians regard it as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.