Still, White House officials had downplayed the prospects for a breakthrough on this trip, saying it was important to manage their ambitions as they wade into terrain that has tripped up more experienced diplomats.
In a much-awaited speech at the Israel Museum, Trump pledged unstinting support for Israel, vowed that he would prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and asserted that Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready to make peace.
Based on a September 2016 agreement, the U.S. will be bankrolling Israel's military spending to the tune of around $38 billion dollars effective from 2019 for the next 10 years. Going in to dinner with the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, he said he had discovered on the first stop of his trip in Saudi Arabia that "there's a lot of love out there". A move of the U.S. Embassy would be historic, Williams said. "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an unbelievable accomplishment", he said. The Jewish prayer is held facing east, in the direction of Jerusalem, and the Passover Seder ceremony concludes with the words, "Next year in Jerusalem".
In contrast, Husam Zomlot, Palestinian ambassador to the United States and a key Abbas ally, said he did not see Trump's comments as a U.S. policy shift. And so many people I spoke to here, Israelis and Palestinians, said, why should Trump be any different? "Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements".
If he wants to act as a mediator of peace, Trump first needs to make real efforts to win the trust of all the regional parties involved. Indeed, members of the Trump administration have even slighted Israel as Trump attempts to negotiate a peace deal between murderers and their victims. We have the opportunity to advance the peace discussions between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
The papers printed pictures of Israeli forces cracking down on Palestinian protesters against the parade, which was described by Amnesty International as a violation of international law and Palestinian rights, according to al-Ayyam. Trump is set to meet in person with May later this week.
According to the Times of Israel, son-in-law and aide to the USA president, Jared Kushner, told Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Tuesday, before their departure, that the White House was preparing to quickly act on promises made to restart peace talks between the Israel and the Palestinians.
Tonight, the president is in Rome, where, tomorrow, he is to meet Pope Francis.
He should first make a honest review of his trip and announce a serious policy toward the Middle East.