See the Highlights of President Trump's First Trip Abroad


PRESIDENT Donald Trump landed in Israel on a groundbreaking direct flight Monday from Saudi Arabia, with Israelis and Palestinians eagerly waiting to see how the U.S. president could breathe life into a moribund peace process.

"I hope", Trump said after the meeting in west Jerusalem on Monday, without elaborating. "They would think that's a great name". On Tuesday, he is to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, and deliver a speech on the U.S.

It is the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited and prayed at the site.

In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalization" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.

"We reassert our commitment to cooperate for making peace and seal a historic peace deal between us and Israelis, and we reassert our willingness to continue working with you as partners to combat terrorism in our region and the world", he added. But he avoided any mention of a Palestinian state and did not address a campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something Netanyahu yearns for.

The stop in Israel comes after the president's visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and will be followed by a trip to the Vatican, where Trump will meet with the pope.

The wall is part of a project begun in 2002 during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, that is to extend some 700 kilometres (450 miles) once completed.

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In the West Bank, hundreds of demonstrators supporting a hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners in Israel, holding signs showing Mr Trump's face and a "Do Not Enter" symbol, clashed with Israeli forces.

In honor of Trump's arrival, the Palestinians held a welcome ceremony. He has since spoken in support of Palestinian "self-determination".

Clashes broke out near a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah involving several hundred stone-throwing youths and Israeli soldiers who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, leaving at least one wounded.

The Palestinians, if an independent Palestinian state is created, want to claim east Jerusalem as their capital.

"We must take advantage of the situation", Mr. Trump told the Israeli leader.

Trump and Abbas met earlier this month at the White House. A photo of Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi holding a glowing orb set social media on fire over the weekend.

An Israel Airport Authority spokesman said he was not aware of any direct flights ever having landed in Israel from the kingdom. Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital, although the worldwide community does not recognize it as such and foreign embassies are located in Tel Aviv.

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He has since said the move was still being looked at.

Donald Trump became the first sitting US President to visit Jerusalem's Western Wall.

The visit raised questions about whether the USA would indicate the site is Israeli territory.

He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit.

"I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran, which you enunciated so clearly just an hour ago".

Trump is meeting in Bethlehem with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to talk about resuming long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem, where the Western Wall is located, and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognised by the global community.

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