Mitchell: Trump Trip Being Received 'Very, Very Well' in Middle East

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the nationalist Jewish Home party, was among the first ministers to shake hands with Trump, and took the opportunity to insist the United States should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"His statement that Iran will never, ever be allowed to develop nuclear weapons is very different from the deal that President Obama made", Dershowitz said.

Trump's Air Force One flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday was reportedly a first for a USA president, largely because flights between Saudi Arabia and Israel don't happen.

Trump concludes today a 28-hour visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, where, in addition to Abbas, he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. "He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the US would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory".

As leaders around the world joined May in condemning the horror targeting young concert-goers, Trump reiterated a message he's been delivering across the Middle East since Saturday - that common threats are uniting countries and peoples with historic differences.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

In Bethlehem, Trump said he was "truly hopeful" for an end to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and added that goodwill from his visit would turn into peace talks.

Trump pledged to remain supportive to Israel. "But we can only get there working together", Trump said at an arrival ceremony at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

Trump visited the wall as part of his first trip overseas as president, which includes stops at important sites for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

"The majority of people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great, and they love you", Mrs. Netanyahu said.

"I make this promise to you: my administration will always stand with Israel", Trump said.

"At the press conference Trump said "... the United States is here to make that (dream of peace) possible for young Jewish, Muslim and Christian children", and added that "Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu has promised the same".

Trump on Tuesday also visited the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, where he and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath in honor of concentration camp victims.

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