Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

In an effort to illustrate changes in the city over the past 50 years, Reuters has assembled from an Israeli government archive a collection of photos taken in Jerusalem in 1967.

Beyond that, he has faced criticism from Israelis in recent days related to the White House's approach to the ultra-sensitive status of Jerusalem. He reiterated the Palestinians' demands, including establishing a capital in East Jerusalem, territory Israel claims as well, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognizing the state of Palestine".

Trump will meet Netanyahu at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Monday, AFP said. "This is a matter that really should trouble us", said Mr Steinitz.

He added: "We have before us a rare opportunity to bring stability, security and peace to this region and its people - defeating terrorism".

The United States is Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion in defence aid annually.

The Associated Press noted Monday that Trump's direct flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv may have been the first such trip ever made with no stops.

He has spoken of reaching "the toughest deal to make", one that has long bedevilled USA presidents, vowing "we will get it done".

While hosting Mr Abbas at the White House in March, Mr Trump boldly stated that achieving peace is "something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

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The White House noted that Trump and Netanyahu discussed the current situation in Syria and the need for a political solution to the ongoing conflict in that country. He cast uncertainty over years of global efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Mr Netanyahu at the White House in February. When the prime minister of Israel said over and over again no pre-conditions.

Trump pledged during his presidential campaign to relocate the embassy, telling the pro-Israel lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016 that he wanted to "move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem".

She was walking about half a pace behind the President when he reached back to take her hand in what looked like an affectionate gesture.

On Sunday, Israel authorized some economic concessions to the Palestinians that it said would improve civilian life in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority and were meant to respond to Trump's request for "confidence-building steps".

Trump's vagueness on one of the region's central issues did little to dampen the enthusiasm surrounding his visit, particularly from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power.

In Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders the time had come for "honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism".

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