Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

Before leaving for Rome and the Vatican, where Trump plans to meet with Pope Francis, Trump plugged the possibility of a long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

But he added that he had a "feeling that we're going to get there eventually".

Welcoming the U.S. president, Netanyahu noted "the forceful" speech delivered by Trump the previous day in Saudi Arabia, when he "called on all nations to drive out terrorists and extremists". Trump asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu what protocol was as they approached the dais before delivering their speeches.

US President Donald Trump sought to defend himself against criticism that he provided Israeli intelligence to Russian Federation as he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel.

As Trump made the comment, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer can be seen burying his face in his hand.

Donald Trump and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas review the honor guard during a reception ceremony at the presidential headquarters in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, May 23, 2017.

Demonstrators in the occupied Palestinian territories launched the "Day of Rage" Tuesday as U.S. President Donald Trump met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the heels of his visit to Jerusalem to fortify longstanding ties between Washington and Israel.

"On behalf of the United States, we pledge to stand by you, so that we can defeat terrorism and bring security and safety to our children", he said.

"Mr. President, I appreciate the fact that you went to the Western Wall and you're the first acting President who's done that".

The route took the president past the "Walled Off Hotel", a guesthouse run by the British graffiti artist Banksy that is created to draw attention to the security infrastructure, which Israel says is there to protect against Palestinian attacks.

"The problem is not between us and Judaism, it is between us and occupation", the Palestinian leader asserted.

US -sponsored peace talks between the Israel and Palestinian had collapsed in 2014. "It's never been better", Netanyahu said alongside Trump in Jerusalem.

Trump has repeatedly underscored USA support for Israel during his first global trip as president.

Netanyahu told Trump he looks forward to "working closely" with him to advance peace in the region.

"In so doing we will all enjoy a safer and brighter future and a safer and brighter world", he said after holding talks with the Palestinian president in Bethlehem.

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.

  • Audrey Hill