The Trump administration disavowed that official's view. They're losers, and we'll have more of them, but they're losers.
But reality has set in as all Trump's earlier talk - of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, of not worrying about Jewish settlements in Arab land and of dropping insistence on the pesky two-state solution - appears to have been just that: talk.
Trump's seeming openness to at least some of Abbas's concerns has given Palestinians more reason for hope than many may have expected, but still reason to remain wary, some analysts say.
Earlier, Greater Manchester police said they are treating the bombing as a "terrorist incident until police know otherwise". "I see no difference". Some Palestinian officials said that this step would mean the end of the peace process. "They just serve it up in a different dish".
At that meeting, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see their country annex most of the West Bank. For one, western logic simply won't change the minds of very religious people.
"It won't be simple", Netanyahu said.
All the trappings of a warm welcome are on display in anticipation of Trump's arrival Monday.
"The wall is part of Jerusalem", he said, declaring only an undeniable fact accepted by all sides.
But Trump also noted that Hamas and Hezbollah rockets are being launched into Israeli communities and schools.
But Trump may face questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials and concerns over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced with the Saudis.
Trump skipped a visit to the fortress city of Masada, where Netanyahu had invited Trump to speak.
In her remarks, Livni stressed her support to the two-state solution to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying that despite reasons to be sceptic and several hard issues, there are reasons for optimism. That was a promise frequently made during the presidential campaign.
Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognised by the global community.
The summary of the meeting, written by then acting National Security Adviser Jacob Nagel, referred to a lunch meeting between Trump and Netanyahu at the White House on Feb.17.
At a welcoming ceremony on the tarmac shortly after arriving in Tel Aviv, Trump said he wanted to "reaffirm the unshakable bond" between the United States and Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sarah Netanyahu attend an event marking the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem near the Tower of David in Jerusalem May 21, 2017.
"We wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the 'Kotel Hamaaravi, ' the Western Wall, straight from the airport", Friedman said.
He added: "I will call them, from now on, losers, because that's what they are". The president and Kushner visited one side, while the first daughter and first lady visited a portion of the site reserved for women.