Trump Says He Hasn't Ruled out Visiting Western Wall With Netanyahu

Laura Christensen
June 2, 2017

Speaking at the White House earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump claimed that achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians "may not be as hard as people have thought over the years".

The president and his family also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and embraced the Israeli ethos that the Jewish state rose out of the ashes of World War II.

On his hopes for a settlement to the conflict, he said, "I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace. Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace".

Trump's visit encouraged some Ohioans, including Ohio Jewish Communities Executive Director Howie Beigelman, who is based in Columbus.

Nachman Shai, a Zionist Union politician and chair of the Knesset's Lobby for US-Israel Relations, was upbeat when talking to The AJN during the trip.

Trump received a warm welcome in Tel Aviv after becoming the first USA president to include Israel on his maiden overseas trip.

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Beigelman wasn't sure about Trump's chances of achieving peace in the area, but was hopeful with Trump's approach to the region.

The Commerce secretary, who accompanied Trump to the oil-rich kingdom over the weekend, said he found it "fascinating" that he did not see "a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there".

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"I think that came across loud and clear", says Rubin.

"Peace is a choice we must make each day, and the United States is here to help make that dream possible for young Jewish, Christians and Muslim children all across the region", Trump said.

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In what appeared to be a veiled sleight to former US President Barack Obama, with whom Netanyahu had a hard relationship, the prime minister praised Trump for his "bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East", NBC News reported.

Trump was "very forceful" in his discussions with the two leaders, and "everyone has to compromise", Tillerson said. Not with Donald J. Trump.

"The root of the matter is the stubborn, violent refusal of the Palestinian side to accept the Jewish state - and the capital of the Jews - in any borders", he said.

Beigelman thought the trip illustrated that the bond between the US and Israel is a bipartisan relationship. Every American president has found himself grappling with the complex challenge of the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Sutton said he didn't know if it was realistic to expect any breakthrough, but wasn't sure Trump could do a whole lot worse than previous administrations. "That hasn't happened and by that standard, the trip has been a success".

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