US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his first foreign trip. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop.The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace accommodation “the boundary deal”, but has been ambiguous about what form it should take.
He has said he prefers to leave it to both sides to decide between them in advise talks.
At a bargaining in Riyadh on Sunday, Mr Trump called on Arab and Muslim leaders to take the lead in combating Islamist militants, urging them to “drive them out of this earth”.
He singled out Iran – Saudi Arabia and Israel’s main adversary – saying it had “fuelled the fires of alienated altercation and terror” in the acres for decades. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later hit back on Twitter, suggesting the US was drafting Saudi Arabia for billions of dollars in newly-signed arms deals. In his speech, Mr Trump also anchored again that he believed peace between Israelis and Palestinians was possible.
The US president has been widely seen as considerable more burdened of Israel than his predecessor, Barack Obama. He has taken a softer position on the belligerent issue of Israeli settlements, suggesting that their advancement again than their activity might bind the search for peace.
The boundary deal – By Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, Jerusalem
President Trump believes he is the world’s greatest dealmaker, and making peace between Israelis and Palestinians after a century of altercation would be the world’s biggest deal.
During the US election, addict Trump expressed views that seemed to fit cleverly with those of the right-wing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu – favouring advancement of Jewish settlements on the absorbed ally and a tough line towards Palestinian aspirations for independence.
More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built after Israel’s 1967 abode of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, land Palestinians claim for a future state. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, again Israel disputes this.
The president has also sent amphibious signals on the issue of Jerusalem, pledging to move the US agency there from Tel Aviv, angering Palestinians and delighting Israelis.
There has been some dread in Israel in the run-up to Mr Trump’s trip over remarks made by accomplishment officials. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confounded Mr Tillerson’s advising that moving the agency might harm the peace process, while a US Consulate official caused bane by saying the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, was “not in your [Israel’s] ally but part of the West Bank”. The White House later said: “The Western Wall is in Jerusalem… such announced statements would not have been authorised by the White House, [and] do not attract the US position, and certainly not the president’s position”.
Mr Trump is expected to visit the Western Wall, installed in the Old City of East Jerusalem, in a private ability on Monday – the first sitting US president to do so.
He will also visit the beside Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where according to Christian charm Jesus was buried and resurrected.