Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

However, White House aides have played down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting it as more symbolic than substantive.

Once Trump arrived in Israel, however, the talk was of peace.

"Most importantly, the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - never, ever - and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately", Trump said in public remarks at a meeting in occupied Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

"I won't call them monsters, because they would like that term", said Trump, adding that so many "young, beautiful" people lost their lives in the explosion at Manchester Arena in Britain late on Monday. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was being kept up to date on the blast by his national security team.

Introducing President Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud described their mutual foe Iran as the source of terrorism they must confront together.

The route took the president past the "Walled Off Hotel", a guesthouse run by the British graffiti artist Banksy that is created to draw attention to the security infrastructure, which Israel says is there to protect against Palestinian attacks. Well - I hope this heralds a real change, because if the attacker had been Palestinian and the victims had been Israeli children, the suicide bomber's family would have received a stipend from the Palestinian Authority.

Trump continued to express confidence in assisting Israel and Palestine in reaching a peace accord.

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism. The first was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus (PBUH) was crucified, buried and resurrected.

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The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Mr Trump had previously boasted that if his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, cannot achieve peace in the Middle East, "nobody can".

US First Lady Melania also left notes at the other side of the Western Wall. Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone. He called Trump's visit to the Western Wall particularly noteworthy given Obama's decision not to veto the "stupidest United Nations resolution ever", which declared that the site is not part of Israel.

For instance, Trump and his campaign often said they thought - as Israelis do - that the USA embassy should be in Jerusalem, rather than Tel Aviv.

He cast uncertainty over years of global efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Netanyahu at the White House in February.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "The wall is part of Jerusalem" but did not elaborate any further. Trump himself never commented. He unexpectedly offered a new defense of his disclosure of classified information to Russian diplomats. So you had another story wrong.

Netanyahu told reporters that "intelligence cooperation is terrific, never been better".

Trump aims to use his two-day visit to further his quest for what he has called the ultimate deal - jump-starting peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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