Donald Trump meets with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

Donald Trump meets with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

Many Israelis felt that Trump and Netanyahu disagreed somewhat on the list of priorities in the region, Trump appearing to take the Arab position that all other regional ills would be lessened, if not solved, by Israel and the Palestinians reaching an agreement.

The Trumps exited the plane, which had just touched down in Rome, and began waving to the crowd.

Trump has said he wants to broker a deal that has proven elusive for the past two decades.

While past U.S. presidents have set out broad principles both sides must meet in order to reach a peace deal, Trump has resisted laying out any clear guidelines, instead promising to act as a mediator and urging both sides to take steps toward peace.

Trump has repeatedly underscored US support for Israel during his first worldwide trip as president. But such an outcome is fiercely opposed by both sides, not least because each has an insatiable desire for their own independence and national identity.

Trump called America's security cooperation with Israel "bigger than ever", and a difference from the Obama administration.

"I talk every place about her, how great she is, how great you are".

But while Trump said earlier this month that he believed brokering peace is "maybe not as hard as people have thought", he measured his comments on Tuesday.

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Trump delivered the speech to an audience that included senior Israeli ministers, Jewish and Christian dignitaries and Sheldon Adeslon, the American businessman who backs Trump and whose Israeli free daily newspaper is considered pro-Netanyahu.

In the absence of two separate Palestinian and Israeli states, a "one-state solution" of sorts must emerge.

Trump added that he firmly believes "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 wonderful accomplishment".

"I assure you of our commitment to the two-state solution and to live together with our neighbors in security and peace", Abbas said. So they love you, too.

"We all know that".

The Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Husam Zumlot, a former adviser to Abbas who is now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides.

Palestinian presidential guard spokesman, Ghassan Nimr, told local media outlets that Trump was scheduled to arrive in Bethlehem at around 09:45 and hold a one-hour private meeting with Abbas.

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