Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

Donald Trump met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, a day after promising to make a renewed effort at peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

The two-day visit to Israel forms part of Mr Trump's first foreign trip as United States president.

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, joined by their wives Melania and Sara, sit down for dinner in Jerusalem on Monday.

"Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel", Trump told reporters about the exchange after a day of trips to religious sites.

Trump has spoken of his self-described deal-making prowess in declaring that the "ultimate deal" is possible, vowing "we will get it done".

Speaking alongside Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump was referencing revelations that he divulged classified information about an Islamic State threat in a recent meeting with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador.

If President Donald Trump concludes his first worldwide trip by saying he made history "even while sitting on a plane", no one can say he's wrong.

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In his speech at Mr Rivlin's official residence, Mr Trump said he was deeply encouraged by his conversations with Muslim world leaders in Saudi Arabia.

Trump has sent mixed signals about how he will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Trump is under pressure after declaring in March that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "maybe not as hard as people have thought". They're losers, and we'll have more of them. Relying on one of his preferred insults, Trump said he would call the perpetrators "losers, because that's what they are".

It appeared that Melania Trump slapped away husband Donald Trump's hand while on an official visit in Tel Aviv. And it leaves open a slew of questions that Trump may be pressed to address while he is in Israel and in the West Bank.

He was flanked by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, and Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich.

Trump's trip will also take him to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.

Still, Trump was enthusiastically received by Netanyahu, who leapt to his feet when the president declared that his administration "will always stand with Israel".