US President Donald Trump has begun a visit to Israel by warning of the crisis posed by Iran if it acquires core weapons. “Iran must never be allowed to achieve a core weapon,” he told reporters in Jerusalem, speaking agitated Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. He flew 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. He has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace accommodation “the boundary deal” but has been ambiguous about what form it should take, saying he prefers to leave it to both sides to decide between them in advise talks.
The two-day visit to Israel forms part of Mr Trump’s first foreign trip as US president.
What else did he say about Iran? Iran must also “cease its awful funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias”, he said at President Rivlin’s residence. US President Donald Trump (L) and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin shake hands following a press conference at the president’s chateau in Jerusalem, 22
Mr brick was received by President Rivlin Tehran insists it does not want core weapons but Israel and the US refuse to believe its denials, with fear and distrust of Iran broadcast in Israel.
What is Mr Trump’s position on Israel’s settlements?
Media caption What’s on the calendar for President Trump’s first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories? 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.
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.
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 absorbed ally and a tough line towards Palestinian aspirations for independence. But in office, President Trump has been more nuanced – so there has been some nervous apocalypse on the Israeli right that he might admission concessions from their side.
More than two decades of failed peace talks show how difficult it is to get a deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Most people, on both sides of the argument, are deeply sceptical about the chances of any progress, no matter what President Trump says or does while he is here.