Trump tweets after Middle East trip: 'Trying hard for PEACE'


"Colbert also mentioned Trump's Israel-Russia gaffe, joking that his remark was like saying: "'Yes I gave away classified information to the Russians that everyone knew is from Israel, but I didn't say Israel...until right now. His words were greeted with rapturous applause and vows of support.

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO) President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem, May 22. "If it does, I would say to you that it goes further in my mind as a member of the intelligence committee than just the focus on the Russian Federation investigation".

His speech at the Israel Museum touched on the Jewish connection to the Holy Land, earning applause from the audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, a USA billionaire and active political supporter of both Netanyahu and Trump. Trump even made a photograph of his brief moment of solitude there the cover image on his Twitter page. But there is little faith in either leader's ability to deliver much for peace and no specifics were announced.

"I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace", Mr Trump said in a speech toward the end of his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of his maiden trip overseas as president.

Trump reportedly emphasized in private talks with Israeli leaders that Arab rulers had told him they would take further steps to normalize ties with Israel if the "peace process" makes progress.

At the same time, the White House sent mixed signals regarding the Trump administration's official policy on the conflict, seemingly acknowledging the existence of "Palestine" while simultaneously recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

"That man is all of us everyday", Corden said of Dermer.

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism.

"President Trump visited the Jewish holy site the Western Wall in East Jerusalem today".

In Bethlehem, Trump nodded to Israeli complaints of payments by the Palestinian Authority to families of Palestinians jailed in Israel and those killed in attacks on Israelis. If negotiations were to resume, they needed to be about the core issues, not talks about talks, he said. "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice".

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands as they arrive to board Air Force One for travel to Rome from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel May 23, 2017.

Trump also did not speak about a two-state solution, something that was once a part of the Republican Party's platform but the president has yet to endorse.

"The parties are very well practiced at making generally positive noises without really changing their behavior", he said.

To get to Bethlehem, the location of the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus is said to have been born, Mr Trump passed through an Israeli checkpoint and a network of vast concrete blastwalls that separate the occupied territory from Israel.

It does not help that Netanyahu is under police investigation for alleged corruption, which he denies.

Palestinians also observed a general strike on Monday.

Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine". He said Israel and the Palestinians do not expect Trump to be around for long given the investigations into potential collusion between his associates and Russian Federation.

"I was already aware that he was not going to announce the moving of the embassy during this visit", Steinitz said. Under my administration you see the difference.

But Brom and Shapiro agreed that Trump's domestic situation does not affect his clout with Israel and the Palestinians. But that would require skillful diplomacy. "No declaration of two states".