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'Peace Is A Choice,' Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader


Trump's visit to the Middle East - ahead of his trip to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and then North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels - is yet another sign of a geopolitical realignment.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: President Trump motorcaded to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

We learned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking closely at a person near Trump in the White House.

Trump declared that he would not call the attackers "monsters", a term he believes they would prefer, instead choosing "losers", a longtime favorite Trump insult and one he has directed at comedian Rosie O'Donnell, Cher and others. Direct travel to Israel was something that heretofore was not permitted by the Saudis, and it constituted a challenge from Mr. Trump to them, namely, that Israel must be for them a connection, a destination. "To see the joy in their eyes, being with the three of us on this momentous occasion made the moment even more special". But they're losers. Just remember that.

He said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours to build confidence and create a real opportunity for peace". In a short side trip to Bethlehem, Trump said he was "gratified" that Abbas "was committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology". "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice". The trip to Jerusalem was the second stop on Trump's first worldwide trip as president.

JOHN YANG: On the last day of his Israel stop, Mr. Trump visited Yad Vashem, the nation's Holocaust memorial.

Trump also condemned the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, saying: "Terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever". That is completely wrong.

US President Donald Trump today said that he is committed "to do everything" to achieve Israel-Palestinian peace deal but made it clear that "peace can not take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

Trump provided few specifics about how a deal might be achieved in a peace process that has been stalled for years. "So we are telling you right now that Iran will not have nuclear weapons", he asserted. That's what I do.

Abbas stressed that the Palestinian people's attainment of freedom and independence was the key to peace and stability in the world, "so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a safe, stable, and prosperous future".

KEITH: And, he said, Netanyahu had assured him he wants peace, too.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy, we all know - both sides will face tough decisions - but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", Trump said. Speaking in Jerusalem, the USA leader offered no specifics but said he was "personally committed" to helping to resolve the decades-old conflict. Arab nations are closely watching Trump to see whether he is truly capable of becoming a mediator in the Middle East.

Daniel Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel under President Barack Obama, said both leaders appeared eager to accommodate the new president - partly in fear of how he would react to rejection.

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