President Donald Trump enthusiastically embraced Israel's leader. The area is home to sensitive religious sites, including the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. He sent a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians.
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The moment was abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land.
Mr Netanyahu called Mr Trump "a true friend" to Israel and expressed optimism about the president's role in the Middle East peace process.
In a statement following the meeting, Mr Trump addressed his meetings the previous day with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said that there is growing realisation that they share a goal with Israel in their determination to defeat extremism and deter "the threat posed by Iran".
Furthermore, Trump hopes to make "the ultimate deal" in brokering peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Liasson added, and part of that might involve first making sure that Israel and Sunni Arab states are a united front against Iran, and then getting Sunni Arab nations to pressure Israel to make concessions to Palestinians. The AP's Julie Pace reported that "White House aides were on edge about how the president would take to grueling pressures of foreign travel: the time zone changes, the unfamiliar hotels, the local delicacies". Still, Trump's unconventional approach to diplomacy has raised hopes that he may be well positioned to jump-start talks bogged down by entrenched interests and ancient enmity. The White House said it was Trump's idea to use the term "evil losers".
Netanyahu said that U.S.
Trump also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb.
Rouhani, asked if he had a message for Trump, appeared to signal that he was still interested in a dialogue despite the increasingly hostile posture taken by the new USA president toward Iran.
Trump was accompanied in the bilateral sessions by Tillerson as well as Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, National Economic Council director Gary Cohn and Powell. The family was separated by gender.
The president and the first lady arrived in Saudi Arabia where they were greeted at the airport by King Salman.
With his young presidency bogged down in a series of mostly self-inflicted crises, the bar for Trump's whirlwind global tour was set so low that if he gets through it with only a handful of minor worldwide incidents, it'll be considered a success by many observers.
The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former US secretary of state John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after around a year of largely fruitless discussion.
While specific details about the fund have not been released publicly, Trump's connection to the fund has already prompted questions from at least one senator.
The US stance against Iran is "deceptive and destructive" and attempts to undermine the sovereignty of the regional states besides supporting Israel, Qasemi said. Trump himself never commented.
Trump has also opted against an immediate move of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a longtime demand of Israel.