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Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

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Donald Trump au Musée d'Israël

Just a few hours after visiting the Western Wall, the background image of Trump's personal Twitter account was changed to feature a photo of the president with his hand on the Kotel.

In his speech yesterday, Mr Trump seemed to acknowledge the complexities of the matter.

But the Jewish settlers and their supporters were relieved that Trump never referred to the "two-state solution" and made no reference to the settlements as obstacles to peace. The future is likely to see renewed talks between both sides.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy".

He, however, offered no specifics on how he planned to make progress in resolving the conflict, with widespread scepticism over whether meaningful talks are possible for now.

This is not the first time Trump has used the epithet to describe terrorists.

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?" "I could see a much deeper path to friendship with Israel and. a lot of it's spurred on by what's happening in Iran", Trump said.

The President reinforced the message when he went on to have a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump's meeting with Abbas took place a day after the American leader's historic visit to the Western Wall, the first such visit to the holy site by a sitting United States president.

His flight to the Jewish state was also historic in that he flew directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a flight pattern that never happens.

Mahmoud Abbas and Donald Trump in Bethlehem, May 23, 2017.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday he was uneasy over a massive US-Saudi arms deal announced at the weekend, saying it was part of a "crazy" regional arms race.

In a press conference with Abbas Tuesday morning, he reiterated, "I have committed to try to reach a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians", speaking only in general terms. They would think that's a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are.

So far, Trump has travelled to Saudi Arabia and Israel to work with the two nations on combating Iran's aggression and to tackle the deal of all deals - the Middle East peace process.

Trump arrived there under heavy security Monday afternoon with his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump specifically raised the issue of the Palestinian Authority subsidizing the families of Palestinians who were killed attacking Israelis or who are in jail because they attacked Israelis.

Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a Jordan-run organization responsible for overseeing the city's Islamic sites, said some 708 settlers had stormed the complex through Al-Mugharbah gate.

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