'Peace Is A Choice,' Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader

On Monday, Trump stressed the strong bonds between the USA and Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and US President Donald Trump shake hands at Ben Gurion International Airport prior to the latter's departure from Israel on May 23, 2017.

After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump heads to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. Nonetheless, he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have said that they are hoping for a larger peace deal throughout the region.

President Donald Trump delivered a speech Jerusalem reaffirming his desire to get the ultimate deal done: resolving the century-long conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Dershowitz praised Trump for declaring during the visit to Israel that Iran must "never" be permitted to develop nuclear weapons, contrasting it to an agreement with the Iranians made by former President Barack Obama. It says Teheran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war, Houthi rebels in Yemen's civil war and the Hezbollah Shi'ite political party and militia in Lebanon helped destabilise the Middle East.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Trump was speaking in the West Bank town of Bethlehem as part of a two-day visit to Israel aimed at restarting peace talks in the region.

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"It is my view that the conditions for the sort of peace we all desire do not exist, and therefore, we need to try to begin to create those conditions", Rubio added.

Trump's visit to the wall comes after U.S. officials meeting with their Israeli counterparts to arrange Trump's visit sparked off a controversy by contending that the Western Wall was part of the West Bank - which is not United States policy.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the United States embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge - at least for now.

Bethlehem/jerusalem, May 23 US President Donald Trump today said that he is committed "to do everything" to achieve israel-Palestinian peace deal but made it clear that "peace can not take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

He will also pay a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday.

Trump did not specify whether the U.S. is urging Israel to halt only new settlement activity, or even construction to expand existing settlements.

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