Trump arrives in Israel, says peace deal is crucial
May 23 2017 by Lorena Waters
The bond between us is a bond between states, but also between people.
In 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls on the U.S.to move the embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital.
Trump left for Jerusalem after the welcome ceremony for his meeting with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at the President's House. The American embassy in Tel-Aviv invited local settlement leaders to attend Trump's speech at the Israel museum, and they could find great comfort in his decision not to mention the issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank or to make any comment about the shape of the final status solution to the conflict.
"If it had been a one-off and he said it one time", Oren said, the promise could be forgotten.
Netanyahu and Abbas were not scheduled to meet during Trump's visit.
Despite pledging during the campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States embassy to the city, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their own, Trump last week backed off tentative plans to announce the bold move during Trump's visit to the city amid a wave of warnings from USA foreign policy officials and Arab diplomats.
President Donald Trump marked a historical moment on Monday.
To further emphasize the petitioners' call, dozens of Christian and Jewish leaders will appear in Washington, D.C. tomorrow to echo their congregants' demands to the White House. "Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name 'Israel.' Never mentioned it during that conversation".
Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism. He also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, believed to be where Jesus was buried and resurrected. Trump placed a note in the Western Wall, traditionally believed to be the remains of a vast temple built by the ruler Herod and destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.
"The Trump administration is focused on materially enhancing the quality of life and the economy for the Palestinians", said Michael Oren, a parliament member and former Israeli ambassador to the USA, who now serves as an adviser at the prime minister's office.
Trump previously said that his meeting with the Russian foreign minister was "very, very successful".
Netanyahu dismissed reports that the government was concerned. It has been widely speculated that the intelligence on ISIS that Trump shared had been gathered by Israel. "It's never been better".
Rouhani also noted the irony of Trump's remarks, coming, as they do, after an Iranian election that strengthened moderates in the country. He is accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. But in order to achieve this we need new ideas, new energy, that will help us move forward, together.
While in Saudi Arabia, Trump accused Iran of fuelling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror" while calling for its worldwide isolation.
Yet some Israeli officials are less certain of Trump.
Trump's analysis - essentially relying on the old saw that the enemy of my enemy is my friend - has not, however, necessary been vindicated by recent history in the region, where Israel and Sunni Arab's shared enmity for Iran has not equated to a common cause.
President Donald Trump got an abrupt Israeli welcome on his arrival in Tel Aviv today, with politicians lobbying him and snapping selfies as they sought to get a piece of the commander in chief's attention. Welcome to Jerusalem. Welcome to Israel. There are no direct flights between the two countries and flights from either country bypass the other's airspace.