Hardline Israelis descend on Old City for Jerusalem Day


In Israel the overall tenor of Trump's trip - which included a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday - and the warmth exhibited between the president and Netanyahu contrasted sharply with the Israeli prime minister's tense relationship with Obama.

Writing for the Atlantic (Trump Goes After "the Ultimate Deal"), Rosie Gray, has suggested that the pro-Israel camp inside the Trump Administration is made up of the new Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, Vice President Mike Pence, and - believe it or not - White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

U.S President Donald Trump arrived in Israel today where was welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, ahead of Trump's meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday, a live-streamed White House schedule stated Trump would deliver remarks in "Jerusalem, Israel", apparently recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the holy city despite Trump himself never affirming a change in USA policy.

Iman Haddad, a Palestinian student in the West Bank, said Trump's visit was little more than a photo-op.

At the same time, Abbas and the Palestinians have been pleasantly surprised by their dealings with Trump.

The re-emerging partnership with our strong Arab allies will greatly advance the war on terrorism, rebuild mutual cultural respect, strengthen business ties, create jobs, isolate radical extremists, and present an opportunity for a re-engaged Palestinian-Israeli peace process. A definite plus. Is it that Trump's the first sitting president to pray at the Western Wall?

With this gesture, President Trump buried years of diplomatic maneuvering to deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple, which is a synecdoche for the Jewish presence in the Holy Land.

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He will close his ambitious first foreign trip at a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily, where his reception from European leaders may be less effusive than his welcome in Israel and Saudi Arabia, his opening stop on the trip.

Trump, joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, among other officials, danced with swords placed on their shoulders outside of the Murabba Palace.

Two months earlier, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution that airbrushed away the entire Jewish connection to Jerusalem, in obeisance to Arab claims that no Jewish Temple ever existed in the city.

That would be consistent with Trump's final hours in Israel and the West Bank. "And if you both are willing, we're going to make a deal".

"There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both Netanyahu as well as Abbas", Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One. What's more, it's certain that Russian Federation would share the information with its allies Syria and Iran, Israel's greatest enemies. They've had enough. America stands ready to assist in every way we can.

After the 1967 war, Israel annexed east Jerusalem with the Old City home to holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, and declared all of expanded Jerusalem to be its capital.

"The freedom and independence of the Palestinian people is the key to peace and stability in our region and the world, so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a secure, stable and prosperous future". A move of the U.S. Embassy would be historic, Williams said. "Their goal is to throw dust in [Trump's] eyes, because the occupation state [Israel] is uninterested in peace or in achieving security and stability in the region".