President Donald Trump visits the Western Wall on Monday in Jerusalem. This became clear in the second phase of Trump's Middle East visit, when he embraced Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite his refusal to countenance concessions acceptable to Palestinian leaders. He is vice president of government affairs for J Street, which describes itself as a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization in Washington. You could see that Melania was crying.
That journalist, an American here for 40 years, recognizes the insecurity that Israel feels even though the nation is nearly 70 years old.
Even though its worldwide clout has shown signs of waning, the United States, which still exerts more influence in the Middle East than any other country, has a vital role to play in building peace in the region. "They save them." So much for those 72 virgins. And the White House reportedly conveyed that in their meeting Trump and Francis discussed "how religious communities can combat suffering in 'crisis regions, ' such as Syria, Libya and areas controlled by Islamic State terrorists".
He also expressed optimism about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
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Since it is located in East Jerusalem, which is occupied by Israel but regarded as Palestinians as the future capital of their state, successive US presidents avoided visiting the wall.
Donald Trump on Tuesday, laid a wreath of flowers in the Hall of Remembrance of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum while accompanied by his wife, Melania, his daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Efe news reported. A true and proper declaration of war to Iran, which cancels the agreements concluded, something hugely appreciated by Israel.
One of the great controversies of the Israeli writers on the two sides is what the visit to the Kotel meant for Israel, the Jewish people and his daughter Ivanka. "So he was putting a lot of pressure on them that it was time to get to the table", noting Trump has "made the point several times".
Trump had arrived from Saudi Arabia where he signed a massive $110 billion arms deal with Riyadh. If he wouldn't let an Israeli join him then, the argument goes, how will he ever recognize East Jerusalem as part of Israel?
In introductory remarks, Netanyahu voiced hope that Trump's efforts would help forge peace with Arab states, which, he said, shared with Israel a common concern about Iran.