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24 May, 2017

In a joint statement with Trump, Abbas said Palestinians "are committed to working with you to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel".

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Jerusalem and the Western Wall on Monday as he sought ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, but also used the opportunity to again lash out at Iran.

The club said a lot of deliberations were conducted with Trump's team over the last two days, and they agreed upon "all pertinent details", including the scouts' costumes, the flags and instruments that would be carried.

Trump's visit is part of his first trip overseas as president, and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism while also criticising Iran.

The Israeli right welcomed the lack of reference to two- state solution or creation of a Palestinian state in Trump's speech much to the disappointment of several Palestinians. He said that if Christians, Muslims and Jews join forces, "peace in this world is possible, including peace between Israel and the Palestinians". Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognised by the global community. "He's not preconditioned by most political conventions that say 'this is how this has to work out'".

On Sunday, NBC News' White House reporter Ali Vitali praised President Trump on MSNBC, explaining "his attempt to solidify personal relationships" across the Middle East and with countries like Japan and China. At an airport greeting ceremony, Israeli Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the religious nationalist Jewish Home Party, asked Trump to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

And on Tuesday, he is set to head to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas before returning to Jerusalem to lay a wreath at the Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial, and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum. Both sides will face tough decisions. Nearby, first lady Melania Trump and the first daughter, Ivanka, visited the women's area of the wall, one of Judaism's most sacred sites.

Mr. Trump also reaffirmed the USA alliance with Israel, a relationship strained during the Obama administration.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hailed Trump's visit as a symbol of the "unbreakable bond between Israel and the US".

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Tuesday held a demonstration in Gaza City, pointing rifles at an effigy of US President Donald Trump and declaring he was unwelcome in the the West Bank town of Bethlehem. They can not stop raving about how dignified and respectful the Obamas were compared to the Trumps.

Dozens of concert goers were given shelter at a nearby hotel, including unaccompanied children, but messages on social media suggested as many as eight people were still unaccounted for, several of them teens.


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