Trump plays up Middle East peace hopes after talks with Palestinian president

"The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever", Trump said.

As the Trump's disembarked Air Force One in Italy Melania wasn't interested in the US President's touch.

"President Trump, working with you, I believe we can advance a global peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors as well as the Palestinians", Netanyahu said.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said he hopes this heralds a "real change".

Emphasising the need for a durable peace deal between Israel an Palestine the stability of the region, Trump promised all help to renew the long-stalled talks.

"The president reassured the prime minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism", it said. "I hope", Trump said after the meeting, without elaborating.

Abbas considers a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be non-negotiable, and he stressed his position on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz, who said on Israel Radio that he recited two psalms with the United States leader.

On one of the gray concrete walls, the convoy passed a portrait of Leila Khaled, a Palestinian militant who took part in two aircraft hijackings in 1969 and 1970.

Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and former adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organisation, says Trump's comments about striving for a negotiated solution between Israel and the Palestinians are not promising.

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The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former USA secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion. The goal of Trump's trip, the official said, was "to do a lot of listening, build very strong relationships with all the different people, not just the parties involved. and try to create a lot of momentum and optimism around the prospect for peace".

In his speech yesterday, Mr Trump seemed to acknowledge the complexities of the matter.

But Brom and Shapiro agreed that Trump's domestic situation does not affect his clout with Israel and the Palestinians. "Nobody wants to get caught saying no, and they haven't".

But the reality remains that both sides are stressing different things. But the Obama administration also worked tirelessly to push forward the diplomatic process with the Palestinians, without result.

Netanyahu must deal with opposition from right-wing nationalist elements within his coalition who oppose any Palestinian state being created in occupied territory where hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers now live. Palestinian news agency Ma'an estimates that more than 1,300 Palestinians are now on strike behind bars in Israeli prisons, while Israeli outlets have placed the number in the high hundreds.

In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalisation" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.

He has since said the move was still being looked at.

It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community and claims the entire city as its capital.

In this regard, referring to Trump's visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, Abbas explained that 'the problem is not between us and Judaism, but between us (the Palestinians) and the Israeli occupation'.

JOHN YANG: On the last day of his Israel stop, Mr. Trump visited Yad Vashem, the nation's Holocaust memorial.

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