Rubin: Israelis pleased, over all, with Trump visit

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Rubin: Israelis pleased, over all, with Trump visit
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06 June, 2017

President Donald Trump is "putting a lot of pressure" on Israel and the Palestinians to restart peace talks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Israel Hayom reported Thursday that Trump told Abbas during their private meeting in Bethlehem on Tuesday that his peace initiative will be based on the Saudi plan for a normalization of ties between Israel and Arab countries in the region, which would then lead to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. President Trump stood in Jerusalem today and made clear to the world that the United States will not tolerate terrorism nor attempts to undermine Israel's security.

President Donald Trump talked up the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians yesterday, saying he believed both sides were committed to a historic deal.

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The US president dedicated less than an hour to meet with Abbas in Bethlehem, during a two-day visit to Israel.

If the Manchester attacker was Palestinian and the victims Israeli, the terrorist's family would receive a stipend from the Palestinian Authority.

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ET Saturday at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, and he and first lady Melania Trump left by helicopter for the White House. He will be seated between the leaders of Niger and Tunisia, according to White House Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn.

Several dozen young Israeli men, some holding Israeli flags, marched toward the Old City's Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall when they encountered a group of Palestinian protesters. Trump said the USA stands in "absolute solidarity" with the people of the United Kingdom and that young, innocent people were murdered by "evil losers".

Trump received a warm welcome in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from Arab leaders, especially over his tough line on Tehran, which many Sunni Muslim Arab states regard as seeking regional control.

"President Trump reaffirmed his belief that peace is possible, not only between Israelis and Palestinians, but throughout large parts of the Middle East", the release explained. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours", Abbas told his American counterpart, stressing, however, that the real problem was in occupation and settlements.

"There's a new guy in the White House", Estrin said. Trump initially sparked deep concern among Palestinians when he backed away from the long U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.

While Netanyahu celebrated this stark reversal in USA policy, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani objected to Trump's rhetoric.

The US president was briefed about the significance of the site by Mordechai Eliav, the director-general of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.


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