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Lauren Perry
May 24, 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu was one of the first world leaders to visit the United States after President Trump's inauguration and today's visit is one more step the President has taken to reaffirm the bond of friendship between the United States and Israel. That there's something larger going on that's affecting all of us.

Welcoming the U.S. president, Netanyahu noted "the forceful" speech delivered by Trump the previous day in Saudi Arabia, when he "called on all nations to drive out terrorists and extremists".

Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an fantastic accomplishment". Standing with Trump after their talk in Abbas' presidential residence, Abbas said that Palestinians "are committed to working with you to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel".

Senior Hamas official Mushir Al Masri said Trump was "aligning himself with the policies of the [Israeli] occupier".

Trump, speaking after talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the town of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, said the United States stands in "absolute solidarity" with the British people.

Trump delivered those remarks in a speech at the Israel Museum following his meetings on Monday and Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. "It's between us and occupation".

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said Monday on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" that President Donald Trump is "saying and doing all the right things" during his trip to Israel.

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"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people".

"The conflict is not between religions", Abbas said.

"It was a awful, bad thing for the United States to enter that deal and, believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, that I can tell you", Trump said to Netanyahu.

Before boarding the Marine One helicopter for Jerusalem, the premier's wife, Sara Netanyahu, told first lady Melania Trump that they had a lot in common with the Trumps.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters en route to Tel Aviv that any three-way meeting between Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas was for "a later date".

Trump later visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, for a wreath laying ceremony.

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