Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer


BETHLEHEM, West Bank U.S. President Donald Trump travelled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

U.S. President Donald Trump touched the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, the first visit at the Jewish holy site by a serving American leader, and one that is steeped in the centuries-old conflicts of the Middle East. "So I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", he said.

Other Internet users hijacked the photo, adding speech bubbles joking about the U.S. president's pride of having a selfie with Hazan.

Meanwhile, a conflicting portrait of Melania and the state of the first couple's marriage has emerged in recent days, and it's not coming from Trump loyalists. Nor is it clear whether the Israelis or the Palestinians have the inclination or political capital to make substantial progress given their deep divisions. The official, who requested anonymity, is familiar with the details of Trump's talks with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

"It won't be simple", Netanyahu said.

While Trump has yet to follow through on his vow to rip up the accord and has kept in place waivers on sanctions imposed in relation to Teheran's nuclear program, the speech delivered in Riyadh and his remarks in Israel spell out a United States policy of regime change in Iran that threatens to unleash an even more devastating war in the Middle East.

"On my first trip overseas as President, I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm unbreakable bond between us and Israel", Trump said during a welcome ceremony at the airport.

Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Iran's willingness to meddle in the Middle East also requires Trump to consider this: "How do you escape a dynamic whereby Iran keeps doing cheap, asymmetrical things that force you to do expensive things?"

"Anytime a USA president visits Israel, it makes the relationship stronger, and that's a good thing", said Horowitz.

"I don't know that there's anything to apologize for", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on his way to Israel.

Yet a succession of USA presidents have attempted to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians, whose modern-day conflict dates to the 1948 establishment of the Jewish state, and all have failed.

The dictatorships with which the US and Israel are aligning are responsible for igniting terrorism, too. As with numerous president's problems, it was self-inflicted.

"I think talking with people and encouraging them to talk to each other is a good step to do", she says. He also told reporters: "Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon".

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"The intelligence cooperation is terrific", Netanyahu answered, according to Politico. "It's never been better".

And so Trump is mixing religious symbolism with his substantive discussions.

Still, Trump's visit to the wall will be a symbolic statement about the Jewish people's connection to Israel, and Jerusalem in particular. He arrives in Israel after visiting Saudi Arabia, home to the two holiest sites in Islam, and will next head to the Vatican, home of the Catholic Church.

Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert. Fireworks later lighted the skies over Jerusalem.



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