Trump Did Not Once Mention a Palestinian State

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech during Arab-Islamic-American Summit in Riyadh

Trump's next stop is Rome, where he arrives Tuesday evening.

Later in the day, the first lady joined Trump at his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

"President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister (Benjamin) netanyahu has promised the same".

"I think its an energetic first trip", she says.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Bethlehem, said Trump's remarks regarding the link between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and stability in the rest of the region was significant, adding, however, that many Palestinians will be disappointed by what Trump did not say.

Trump campaigned on a pledge of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel's capital, but has since retreated.

Security was tight for Trump's journey to Bethlehem, a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem but located across Israel's separation wall.

Speaking of Tel Aviv to Riyadh, at least one United States president has made that trip.

Trump also expressed optimism that he can help facilitate peace between Israel and Palestinians.




"Making peace will not be easy", Trump said at his main speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, shortly before departing to Europe.

Trump, calling Middle East peace "one of the toughest deals", also said he was certain that "we will get there eventually" and that new partnerships to bring peace to the turbulent region were possible.

On Tuesday, Trump is scheduled to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver press statements before an official dinner in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017.

Protests against supposed American support of the Israeli occupation were organised across the West Bank and Gaza, and one Palestinian faction called for a "day of rage" during the USA delegation's trip, leading Israel to deploy an extra 10,000 security forces on its streets. "Not with Donald J. Trump", he said.

"If peace means Israel can no longer retain their nature as a Jewish state or give up control of Jerusalem, if that's peace - that's not peace, that's not going to happen", Rubio said. "They date back thousands of years", Trump said.

Trump, a Christian wearing a black yarmulke, walked alone to the massive stone wall after hearing a brief history of the holiest site in Judaism.

A USA administration official confirmed to AFP on condition of anonymity that the original intelligence came from Israel, which was initially reported by the New York Times.

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