Donald Trump calls for 'security and peace' during trip to Israel

Terry Joseph
May 23, 2017

"What's happened with Iran has brought numerous other parts of the Middle East toward Israel, and you could say that if there's a benefit, that would be the benefit", he said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Reuven Rivlin. "Let us bolster security".

It appears the president has agreed to the Palestinian and Arab demand to postpone any decision on moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite making such a move a key policy pledge during the presidential election campaign. Issues include the uninterrupted opening of the Allenby crossing between the West Bank and Jordan in order to make transit easier, improving transit from the West Bank to make commutes easier for Palestinian workers, developing industrial areas in Tarkumia, near Hebron, and in Jalma, close to Jenin. We believe you're willing.

Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge - at least for now.

But Trump is now scheduled to visit the site without Israeli officials by his side - with United States officials keenly aware of the sensitivities surrounding the holy site, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as part of their territory.

Group member Mauricio Guerra said he was "very disappointed" not to be able to visit the site as he only had one day in Jerusalem.

"Many of the Gulf Arabs have increasingly awakened to the reality that their real challenge comes not from Israel, but rather from Iran, and the prospects of their uniting to do something to try to reduce their differences with Israel. creates an opportunity", former Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell said Monday on CNN. Erekat has previously warned that the move would spark chaos.

Speaking during his first visit to Israel as U.S. president, Mr Trump said there is strong consensus on these issues among the world's nations, including many in the Muslim world.

Trump advocated during his campaign breaking with decades of precedent and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeply alarming Palestinians.

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"I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the State of Israel", Trump said in remarks at the welcome ceremony, after he reviewed the honor guard and was welcomed by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.

For Jews, the Western Wall, a retaining wall from the biblical Jewish Temple, is revered as the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Muslims refer to the same compound as al-Haram al-Sharif, also home to al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

"The wall is part of Jerusalem", he said, declaring an undeniable fact accepted by all sides.

The most important part of the visit from Israel's point of view was Mr Trump's visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, which was sealed off for the occasion.

"That sounds like a policy decision", he told reporters.

It wasn't clear what prompted the exchange, and the White House didn't immediately comment.

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