Palestinian Stabs Israeli Officer, is Shot

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"I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal", he said, with the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of territories that Palestinians seek for a state approaching next month. The White House has denied any wrongdoing. Trump touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice.

Asked if he would pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on settlements, Tillerson responded that "settlements are part of the overall peace discussion".

Later, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Netanyahu railed against heinous crimes, as well - characterizing Abbas as a hypocrite in his remarks as he touched on the Palestinian Authority's payments to the families of convicted terrorists.

Netanyahu said he hoped an Israeli prime minister could soon make the same flight.

The secretary of state told reporters that the time is right to resurrect the Middle East peace process because of the common threat of the rise of the Islamic State, other terror groups and extremism.

By making the Arab-Israeli conflict the centerpiece of his first trip overseas, and putting such a high-profile figure in charge of it, Trump has jumped headlong in without the usual caution and discretion shown by his predecessors. "I've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all but I've a feeling we'll get there eventually". We enjoy uninterrupted time together and it's wonderful.

President Trump ended his visit to Israel with a message of unity and commitment to defend the state of Israel.

Trump arrived at the Presidential palace in Bethlehem in the morning after travelling there by auto from Jerusalem.

Gulf Arab countries long have been suspicious about Iran, whether that's the United Arab Emirates' long-running dispute over Iran seizing several Persian Gulf islands from it in 1971 to Bahrain's simmering anger over a 1981 coup attempt it blamed on the newly formed Islamic Republic. He said that if Christians, Muslims and Jews join forces, "peace in this world is possible, including peace between Israel and the Palestinians". He made no mention of the two-state solution supported by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump has struck an increasingly optimistic tone on the prospects for peace in recent days, insisting that he is sensing a shift in the region that could draw Arab countries closer to Israel and create more favorable conditions for peace.

"Trump has already reintroduced the word peace to the Israeli dictionary", Barak Ravid, Haaretz's diplomatic correspondent, writes.

When he met Abbas earlier this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of US policy. The official briefed on Sunday's meeting said the package includes building permits for Palestinians in Area C that has largely been off limits to Palestinian development until now. He did not elaborate and it is not clear how big the plan is. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

"Netanyahu doesn't invite his own cabinet to this dinner", said David Makovsky, an expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations at the Washington Institute in Washington.

In this regard, referring to Trump's visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, Abbas explained that 'the problem is not between us and Judaism, but between us (the Palestinians) and the Israeli occupation'.

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