Trump arrives in Israel in search of 'the ultimate deal'

  • Trump arrives in Israel in search of 'the ultimate deal'

Trump arrives in Israel in search of 'the ultimate deal'

He also will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and become the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall - Judaism's holiest site.

Netanyahu and his wife Sara, as well as Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and members of the Israeli cabinet, were at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport to greet Trump and First Lady Melania in a red carpet ceremony after a direct flight from Riyadh. His nine-day trip through the Middle East and Europe, his first foreign tour since taking office in January, ends on Saturday after visits to the Vatican Brussels and Sicily.

A Democratic congressman, Adam Schiff of California, says it would be a awful mistake not to speak in favor of USA values in places where people are persecuted. "We believe Israel is willing".

President Trump arrived in this eternal and divided city Monday in search of what he has called "the ultimate deal" - an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that would finally end decades of failed and frustrating diplomacy.

"The most frightening thing for [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is the idea that Trump could exercise real USA pressure, real leverage to get what he calls the ultimate deal, " Mr Thrall said.

Trump said in joint remarks with Netanyahu later Monday that he was "deeply moved" by the experience.

Trump's first overseas trip as president comes as the dynamics between the United States and the region's players are moving in unexpected directions.

The Western Wall visit drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when U.S. officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel.

A scandal-plagued Israeli MP stole a selfie with US President Donald Trump today, setting off a flood of online humour and seeming to annoy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, his administration has given conflicting statements about whether the wall is located in Israel.

But obstacles have emerged that may complicate the relationship between the White House and the Knesset.

Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner landed in a second plane and sat with the American diplomatic delegation during the welcome ceremony.

"I think they'll just tell us where to stand", Netanyahu then said, according to NBC News, as the two leaders walked towards their spots to listen to the national anthem.

Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand.

Israel captured east Jerusalem 50 years ago and claims the area - home to sensitive Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites - as part of its capital. The demonstrations are meant to draw attention to a month-long hunger strike by hundreds of prisoners being held by Israel and to protest what many Palestinians say is unfair USA support for Israel.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, which Israeli forces and settlers left in 2005, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Wall sits at the base of a plateau which Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary.

After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican along with Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings. Both he and Trump wore black kippahs, the skull caps worn by religious Jews and by others as a mark of respect. "Jerusalem is the beating heart of the Jewish people, as it has been for 3,000 years".