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

Javier Howell
May 22, 2017

"That is how it always was and how it always will be", wrote Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a tweet Wednesday.

The president will also go to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis who has said he will not make any judgments about Trump before meeting him.

His trip will include a visit the one of Christianity's holiest sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and he will be the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in East Jerusalem.

Trump's actions since have left them disappointed, with the embassy remaining in Tel Aviv - at least for now - and the White House seeking to restart peace efforts.

Palestinian factions in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah have called upon the Palestinian people to partake in a "Day of Rage" on Tuesday, during the planned visit by US President Donald Trump to the occupied Palestinian territory.

"I think the Israelis were trying to pull a fast one on the administration" in hopes of showing how tightly aligned the two governments are and how much has changed since Obama, Levy said.

He said: "We think he is the potential candidate broker to settle this conflict and we believe the situation is right". But the USA has withheld recognition of that control until there is a deal.

In advance of Trump's visit to the country next week, comic artist and political cartoonist Uri Fink says every detail of the president's itinerary has been scrutinized and argued over by the Israeli press.

Comments like that have many observers concluding that Trump, a businessman who sees himself as a dealmaker but has little experience in worldwide diplomacy, is simply naïve.

The hotel's 233 rooms will be occupied not only by Trump and his family but also the U.S. Secret Service, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, as well as Israeli security officials, according to Ritz. The U.S. explanation that Trump canceled the visit after being told that he could not land his helicopter atop the UNESCO heritage site was played for laughs in Israeli media. Labeled by many as the most pro-Israel president in American history, President Donald Trump's May 22 visit to Israel was meant to be positive, upbeat, refreshing and, most importantly-after eight years of President Barack Obama-reassuring.

The president and first lady Melania Trump were welcomed by Saudi King Salman as they disembarked at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on Saturday morning.

Israel sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

In office, Trump has backed away from two decades of US commitment to a sovereign Palestinian state and given Israel wider latitude to build homes in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank free of American rebuke. Abbas says he is ready to meet Netanyahu under Trump's peace efforts, and there has been speculation the United States president could seek to arrange a meeting while in the region.

United Nations special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov said: "This deplorable incident must be promptly and thoroughly investigated and all suspected of being involved must be prosecuted".

Al-Quds said Palestinian shopkeepers in East Jerusalem have petitioned the Israeli High Court through the Association for Civil Rights demanding that Israeli police stop forcing them to shut down their shops whenever there is an attack in East Jerusalem.

"It's very simple", Adler said, before repeating a Hebrew phrase used by politicians who shift their positions: "What you see from here, you can't see from there". Bush or Mr. Obama visited Israel, for better or worse, Israel knew where it stood with the president.

Other reports by Insurance News

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