Trump lands in Israel on second leg of first foreign trip

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President Donald Trump's first foreign trip included a visit to Israel, where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop.

"During my travels, I have found new reasons for hope", Trump said. He would also become the first sitting United States president to visit the Western Wall, a remnant of the retaining wall of the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Even before President Donald Trump began his trip to Israel, he already may have made history.

Jibril Rajoub, a senior Palestinian official close to Abbas, said Trump was a "serious president" who "seeks to have a real deal, not just managing the conflict". He has taken a softer position on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements, suggesting that their expansion rather than their presence might hamper the search for peace.

Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia, where he basked in the lavish welcome he received from the kingdom's royal family. Yet Trump may still need to engage in some delicate diplomacy following revelations that he disclosed highly classified intelligence Israel obtained about the Islamic State group with top Russian officials, without Israel's permission.

She acknowledged that it was hard to imagine any US president taking the side of Palestinians and Muslims over Israelis and Jews.

"Contrary to Netanyahu's plan of one state and two systems, apartheid, the only alternative to two sovereign and democratic states on the 1967 border is one single secular and democratic state with equal rights for everyone, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, on all of historic Palestine", stated secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.

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Israel's prime minister has praised President Donald Trump's "clarity and conviction" in his speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Trump and his wife, Melania, arrived in Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport on Monday and were welcomed by Netanyahu and his wife on the red carpet during a grand welcoming ceremony, attended by all Israeli ministers. White House advisers have downplayed the prospects of a breakthrough on the jumpstarting the Middle East peace process during the president's trip.

"What's happened with Iran has brought numerous parts of the Middle East toward Israel", Trump said in public remarks at a meeting in Jerusalem with Rivlin.

Trump said "Hello my good friend" with the Israeli PM replying "welcome my good friend".

Evans was one of Trump's first backers in the evangelical community during his campaign and sits on his evangelical advisory board.

Palestinians were also anxious about Trump's stated intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would make the USA the first country to do so - a move Palestinians see as sanctioning Israel's unilateral annexation.

More than two decades of failed peace talks show how hard it is to get a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

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.

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