Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump calls on Israelis, Palestinians to compromise


On Monday, Trump made a highly symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"Only under our sovereignty Jerusalem had become an island of tolerance", Netanyahu said.

Before Trump departed for his first foreign trip as president, H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, said the American leader would express support for Palestinian "self-determination".

"The Saudi initiative includes a demand for full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders and the absorption of millions of Palestinian" refugees" into Israel. "We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said. He promised that although "Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction-not with Donald J. Trump".

Abbas underlined that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was not based on religion.

Trump pledged U.S. aid for the investigation into the attack in a telephone call Tuesday with British prime minister Theresa May.

Trump described his meetings with the leaders of the Muslim world and Arab nations from all across the region in Riyadh as "an epic gathering" and "a historic event".

Trump also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, and left what many noted was a brief message compared to his predecessor's.

But Israeli officials were reportedly displeased that Trump tied the future of Israel's relationship with authoritarian Sunni sectarian regimes to progress on making peace with the Palestinians.

Trump made headlines as the first sitting US president to visit the famous Western Wall, part of the Temple Mount and one of Judaism's holiest sites. "Ultimately there isn't a single concession the Palestinians can make now that would lead towards a peace deal", Baconi saod.

In a lightening 28-hour visit here - the ninth by six US presidents dating back to Richard Nixon - Trump hailed Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his willingness to reach a peace deal. President Trump talked peace and Iran.

Washington:Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the U.S. has increased its military aid to Tel Aviv by tens of millions of dollars.

The Palestinian president raised the issue of Palestinian detainees, who have been holding a hunger strike for more than a month. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said. He's also backed away from his campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, bending to the same security risks as other presidents who have made that promise.

After enduring eight years of the Obama administration, Rubin says he had "high hopes" that Trump would personally state that Jerusalem is the "undivided capital" of Israel.

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