Trump calls on Israelis, Palestinians to compromise for peace

"We also reaffirm our readiness to continue to work with you as partners in the fight against terrorism in our region and the world".

The last three presidents have all tried it.

While several small groups of Palestinians protests against the U.S. leaders visit demanding his intervention on the issue of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, banners hailing the American President as "Man of Peace" were also seen around the city.

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

Trump arrived at the Israel Museum after laying a wreath at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial.

But the complexities of a peace deal were visibly on display as Netanyahu began his remarks by saying that if Monday night's blast in Manchester had been a Palestinian attack on Israelis, the bomber's family would have gotten a stipend. "Today, gathered with friends, I call upon all people, Jews, Christians, Muslims and every faith, every tribe, every creed to draw inspiration from this ancient city to set aside our sectarian differences", Trump said.

Trump also avoided any mention of a future Palestinian state in his brief remarks with Abbas after their meeting in Bethlehem. And I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace.

The apparent suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert which ISIS has claimed responsibility for killed at least 22 and injured some 50 people. "We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom, so many young handsome innocent people enjoying and living their murdered by evil losers".

Presidents Donald Trump and Mahmoud Abbas at the press conference in Bethlehem.

"My administration will always stand with Israel", he added to a large round of applause.

"We have a lot in common, Donald and I", she told Melania Trump.




President Trump sees himself as a great dealmaker, with the personality to cut through the difficulties that have defeated lesser people.

"Our problem is the occupation and the settlements and the fact that Israel does not recognize the Palestinian state".

But the reality remains that both sides are stressing different things.

Trump is visiting Jerusalem and West Bank on the second part of his maiden foreign trip since taking office in January. Some of the most influential members of the Israeli government believe the land is a Jewish possession, given by God.

Trump pledged to remain supportive to Israel.

Netanyahu must deal with opposition from rightist elements within his coalition who oppose any steps towards a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict.

Following the talks with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Trump described them as "very productive". The militant group Hamas controls the Gaza Strip.

A "day of rage" has been called for Tuesday by the Palestinian prisoners' committee. Activists were hoping to hold up protest banners in Bethlehem on Tuesday to make Mr Trump aware of the action.

Following what British Prime Minister Theresa May called a "callous terrorist attack" in Manchester, leaders from around the world expressed condolences, solidarity, resolve - and anger.

"The U.S.is firmly committed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and halting their support of terrorists and militias".

In return, Mr Netanyahu extolled the U.S. president's leadership. After all, Saudi Arabia promotes anti-Semitism and fundamentalist extremism. This is the president's first trip overseas as commander-in-chief.

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