Following that meeting, Trump visited Israel's national Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, delivered a light-on-details speech, and then left for the next stop on his trip: the Vatican. This includes a renewed effort at peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I thank the prime minister for his commitment to pursuing the peace process.
A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel told AFP he was not aware of any flight taking that course before.
It's a mindset that could help to coax Netanyahu, a man who has always been saying that Israel is building connections with some Arab states and who strongly believes that any deal would need a regional element, to talk seriously about peace. The official said Trump's likening of Hamas with the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group during a summit in Saudi Arabia, which came before his arrival in the Palestinian territories, was "aimed at besmirching the reputation of the Palestinian resistance".
The mere optics of President Trump's visit to Israel have introduced a new chapter for renewed hope that some measure of stability and clear-headedness can emerge in this very troubled region.
"Once again we reassert to you our positions: accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel... and resolving longstanding issues based on global law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative", Abbas said.
Israel, which previously controlled west Jerusalem, claims all of the city as its eternal capital and this week is celebrating the 50th anniversary of what it calls the city's "unification". In Riyadh and Jerusalem, he said repeatedly that the perceived threat from Iran is pushing Arab Gulf states and Israel closer together.
Abbas emphasized that he was committed to cooperating with Trump to forge a deal. President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. "The Arab leaders who you met yesterday could help change the atmosphere, and they could help create the conditions for a realistic peace". He focused firmly on Iran in talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem on the first day of his two-day trip, pledging he would never let Tehran acquire nuclear arms and saying the deal struck with Tehran by the Obama administration needed fixing.
This one-sided approach to regional conflicts could give Israel the impression that it can override the Palestinian crisis altogether.
"Today too, we continue to carry that prayer".
A longtime businessman, Mr Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward. His first act as president was to appoint a Middle East envoy whose peace mission, in the end, failed.
KEITH: He was really there to talk about peace.
"And it's so interesting that our meeting took place on this very terrible morning of death to innocent young people", he said, referencing the late Monday bombing outside of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK.