Israelis Elated by Trump Visit; Palestinians Disappointed


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"President Trump promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and as recently as two weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence told Christian and Jewish leaders gathered at the White House to celebrate Israel's Independence Day that President Trump was "seriously considering" moving the embassy to Jerusalem", Staver said.

President Donald Trump prayed to have God's wisdom as he touched the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday.

Former Israeli ambassador to the Uniyed States Zalman Shoval says Trump's stop at the Western Wall sends a powerful message to the Palestinians, who deny Jewish biblical and historical ties to Jerusalem.

While Netanyahu and Abbas both hailed Trump -Netanyahu stating "working with you, I believe we can advance a durable peace", and Abbas envisaging that Trump "will go down in history" as the president who secured peace, the verdict elsewhere was mixed. Israel's right-wing camp saw that as a pass to ramp up construction in Israeli settlements, Jewish communities built on land the Palestinians want for a future state.

According to the Times of Israel, son-in-law and aide to the United States president, Jared Kushner, told Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Tuesday, before their departure, that the White House was preparing to quickly act on promises made to restart peace talks between the Israel and the Palestinians.

"President Abbas noted that he was ready to begin negotiating (with Israel) immediately", the readout said.

Under a 2016 agreement, Washington already bankrolls its Israeli ally's military spending to the tune of $3.8 billion dollars annually over 10 years, making the Jewish state the top recipient of USA assistance.

Trump, Abbas Call for Revival of Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks
The key to peace in the Middle East, he emphasized, is to guarantee the independence and freedom of the Palestinian people. Trump's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories is part of his first trip overseas as president .

The Liberty Counsel's Staver said his organization will hold Trump accountable if the president fails to follow through on his pledge.

He also laughed at Trump's unprompted revelation that he had never mentioned Israel to the Russians during a meeting with Russian diplomats. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he added, apparently referring to payments made by the PA to the families of Palestinian prisoners and those killed in the conflict with Israel. Netanyahu effusively praised Trump before his museum address and sprang to his feet to lead applause for him several times.

"Some see the Six-Day War as a disaster for Israel".

Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt is reportedly returning to Israel on Thursday for talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah to follow-up the U.S. president's historic two-day visit in Israel.

The letter also pointed to the Republican National Convention's 2016 party platform, which recognized Jerusalem "as the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state" and warned Trump, then the GOP nominee, that "many of our constituents cast their vote for you due to this commitment". "We are all rooted to Jerusalem, nothing has changed".

The Palestinians are deeply divided, with Fatah in charge in the West Bank and in Gaza the Islamists of Hamas, who have been condemned by President Trump in the last few days as terrorists. But Mr. Trump still described terrorism as "Islamic" and put the onus on "Muslim nations" to "drive out terrorists".

Meanwhile, it is indeed gratifying that President Trump has sworn to achieve peace in Mideast by helping with the establishment of Palestine which is being delayed by Israel and U.S. for too long, meanwhile the Zionist military keeps killing the Palestinians, including children.

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