Israelis parade to mark 50 years of capturing East Jerusalem

  • Israelis parade to mark 50 years of capturing East Jerusalem

Israelis parade to mark 50 years of capturing East Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at the presidential headquarters in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017.

While Trump's policy on the Palestinian cause is vague and all sides expect to see the his established approach towards the ling-standing issue, signals he sent during his presidential campaign can help understand what will he do to address the issue.

Without naming anyone in particular, Rubin tells OneNewsNow that Trump is getting "bad advice" from his advisers about moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign promise that has yet to be realized.

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Prior to going the Western Wall, he visited one of Christianity's most sacred sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which some believe is the place where Jesus was crucified. "It was history's darkest hour", Trump said.

"Thank you President Trump for your steadfast friendship to the Jewish people and the Jewish state!" said a beaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Noting how Trump did not mention Palestinian statehood or a two-state solution in his public remarks with Abbas, Knesset member Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, "This is a huge achievement, on a historic scale, and a big win for anyone opposed to the mistaken and risky idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel".

In the wake of the Trump visit, Shapiro said Israeli politicians on the right "are pleased the president is not pushing for two states, and that showing strong support for Israel rather than putting its leaders on the on the defensive".

What Trump has already managed to achieve preliminarily, is to set the stage for a strategic alliance between America, Israel and Arab leaders, who all wish to thwart the Iranian nuclear threat, while simultaneously working to bring stability, and eventually peace, to the Middle East.

Apparently, the Americans say that the Netanyahu cabinet's easing of restrictions on PA Arabs earlier this week, ahead of President Trump's visit, was not enough of a gesture. This includes a renewed effort at peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I thank the prime minister for his commitment to pursuing the peace process.

"Never before has the first foreign trip of a president of the United States included a visit to Israel", Netanyahu said in his welcome speech for Trump.

The day's festivities culminate with a closing ceremony on Ammunition Hill attended by dozens of government officials, among them Mayor Barkat, President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eisengot. Let's always remember the bond between our two nations is woven together in the hearts of our peoples.

The American president initiated the escalation against Iran during his Riyadh visit, and reignited it while in Tel Aviv.

Gray quotes Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, whom she claims has privately characterized Bannon as the most pro-Israel member of the Administration. The Obama administration gave us eight years of "daylight" between the USA and Israel, a risky nuclear deal with Iran and a set of policies that allowed terrorist groups to grow and thrive across the region.