Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Lauder praises Trump for underscoring Jewish people's historic ties to Jerusalem

Lauder praises Trump for underscoring Jewish people's historic ties to Jerusalem

President Trump and President Abbas reaffirmed their commitment to reach for a genuine and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

"We just got back from. the Middle East. They are losers. We will have more of them, but they are losers, just remember that".

"Weapons deals in the Middle East just in 2016 reached United States dollars 215-216 billion and this is no small sum", Lieberman said. "We cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said.

"The fact that now people have been made aware of the emphasis on religion is a good thing", said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Trump met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his quick stop in the region.

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The thrust of the deal with Riyadh aims to help the Saudi military bolster its defences to deter bitter rival Iran and its missile programme, which Netanyahu has said potentially poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

The US President chose not to talk about settlements, negotiations the US Embassy or a two state solution.

The two men had a clash of words a year ago when Trump was running for president with a major pledge to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

So, while there is that cynicism, there are also people on both sides who think that actually Trump perhaps might be the one to seal the deal. But there are reasons to worry that the foundation of the U.S. -Israel alliance is getting shakier, and this visit did nothing to change that.

Upon arriving in Israel, Trump attempted to hold his wife's hand - but she looked like she wasn't having it. The president's visit to the site "destroyed UNESCO's propaganda and lies", Netanyahu said, referring to several resolutions passed in recent months by the United Nations body ignoring Jewish ties to the city and its holy sites.

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The visit raised questions about whether the USA would indicate the site is Israeli territory. While there's plenty of blame to go around, there's one clear lesson that emerges from the decades of failed peace efforts: so long as the Palestinians continue to support terrorism against Israel, they'll never make the deep compromises that a peace deal requires.

As the Netanyahus welcomed the Trumps to Israel, Sara was overheard telling Melania that media criticism of her and her husband does not reflect the feelings of the Israeli people.

The Palestinians are deeply divided, with Fatah in charge in the West Bank and in Gaza the Islamists of Hamas, who have been condemned by President Trump in the last few days as terrorists. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will never be solved by trying to put a Palestinian state in the West Bank.

From Israel, Trump headed to Italy for an audience with Pope Francis.

JERUSALEM — Clashes broke out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces on Wednesday as Israeli demonstrators marched through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern half.

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