Trump initially sparked deep concern among Palestinians when he backed away from the long USA commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict. He is vice president of government affairs for J Street, which describes itself as a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization in Washington. President Trump again stressed his belief that peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible.
"Because the majority of the people in Israel, unlike the media, they love us so we tell them how you are great so they love you", Sara added.
At the same time, Abbas and the Palestinians have been pleasantly surprised by their dealings with Trump. "For the Jews, that area of the world began 5,000 years ago".
Trump was due to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours", Abbas told his American counterpart, stressing, however, that the real problem was in occupation and settlements.
Trump has continuously expressed his commitment to "making a deal", but never specified any concrete plans or stances on various flashpoint issues, such as the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, sidestepping the routine USA condemnation of settlement construction and ignored past support for a Palestinian State.
In the first public comment by an Israeli official on the United States dollars 110-billion US sale of ships, tanks and the latest anti-missile systems to the kingdom, Lieberman said he had expressed his concerns in recent talks with US National Security Advisor HR McMaster.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering a speech at the Israel Museum, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jerusalem. "I see it as a miracle and a salvation for Israel". The PA, however, does not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and has repeatedly refused to do so.
The Temple Mount and the Western Wall "will forever remain under Israeli sovereignty", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the Knesset session.
Editor's note: The introduction has been edited to clearly reflect the Palestinian "territories".
"By going there, he's the president, which shows very, very clearly his respect and acknowledgement for the connection of the Jewish people with its land and with its capital, which goes beyond diplomatic pronouncements", Shoval said.