Trump talks peace while selling weapons

Marking the victory in the 1967 Battle of Jerusalem at the capital's military cemetery, Netanyahu added that while Israel greatly appreciates the USA assistance and support, "history has proven that Israel's security depends on our readiness and our ability to defend ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat". The U.S. president also omitted a key phrase.

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

Hunger strike solidarity protesters erected a cage with an effigy of a Palestinian prisoner in Bethlehem's Manger Square, chanting: "Trump, listen!"

"The US has promised to maintain Israel's qualitative advantage in the Middle East", the premier stated.

Palestinian officials stressed they believed longstanding U.S. policy remained unchanged as president Mahmud Abbas sought to convince Trump to remain committed to a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict.

Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, said he was glad Trump's talk of peace "didn't lock us into a specific formula", referring to the two-state solution.

Trump stressed his support for the United Kingdom and mourned the loss of "beautiful young people". Turning to the prime minister, who joined him for the speech, Trump said, "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace".

Abu Rudeinah's was responding to a remark by Netanyahu in the aftermath of Trump's recent visit to the region in which he said that "Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel".

After meeting with Abbas, Trump returned to Jerusalem for a tribute to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

As the US President and First Lady stepped off the presidential plane, he tried to grasp his wife's hand at the top of the staircase, but she pulled away with lightning fast reflexes.

"I call upon people to draw inspiration from this ancient to set aside out sectarian difference to overcome oppression and hatred", he said, adding that a prerequisite for a regional coalition would be to recognize Israel's positive contribution "to the region and the world".

"The big question is not whether the visit was symbolic rather than substantial but whether it will have long term affects".

"As you have witnessed during your historic visit of holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, and today in Bethlehem, the conflict is not between religions, for respecting religions and prophets is an integral part of our religion and faith". This could have been interpreted as recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the holy city, despite Trump himself never affirming a change in USA policy.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was more obliging when she took his hand down a slope during her official visit to the White House in January.

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