24 May, 2017
Trump's choice of Saudi Arabia, Iran's bitter regional rival, for his first official foreign visit reflects the deep antagonism of his administration towards the Islamic republic. -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific", attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated the confidentiality of an agreement with Israel.
"I believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen", Trump said, referring to ties between the US, Israel and the Arab world.
Mr Trump also thanked Israel's leaders for being committed to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the US and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran. He then took to Twitter with a sharp rebuke of Mr. Trump's choice of allies in the region, and a literal highlighting of the USA leader's own focus on "investment".
"You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower", he said in a jibe at the billion-dollar deals signed between Trump and the Saudi government.
"We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people", Trump said upon arrival in Tel Aviv.
"He's just an exhausted guy", a senior White House official told reporters on background, per The Hill.
He touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice.
"We had an awesome two days and their feeling towards Israel is really very positive", he said of his trip to Riyadh.
"The people of Israel applaud you for it", he said, to applause from the crowd.
Shiite Iran regularly points to the Saudis' fundamentalist Wahhabi creed and their efforts to spread it around the Muslim world as the root cause of violent Sunni jihadism.