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President Trump arrives in Israel

President Trump arrives in Israel

Donald Trump’s Monday morning landed in Israel. The American president brings a two-day visit to the country. He was on the Ben Gurion airport will be welcomed by the Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.

Trump will visit Monday the wailing wall and the temple mount in the old city of Jerusalem, the disputed territory that both for jews and muslims is important. Trump is the first American president to have the wall visit.

In addition, the president is making a visit to the Palestinian territories, and he has a meeting with the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. In Israel, he will meet prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump is for the first time since taking office in January on an official state visit. Saturday he arrived in Saudi Arabia. He travels in the company of his wife Melania.

Agreement

During his visit to the West Bank will probably be the construction of the controversial Israeli settlements will be discussed. In contrast to his predecessor, Barack Obama, said Trump will never speak openly against the construction by Israel on Palestinian territory.

The president has never clearly spoken about a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. He called a potential agreement called “the ultimate deal”, but it is unclear under which conditions which, according to him should be closed.

Trump said earlier that he preferred direct negotiations between the two sides, without the intervention of the USA. During his visit to Saudi Arabia repeated Trump on Sunday that peace between Israel and Palestine is possible.

Obama took during his term in a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, but months of negotiations by, among others, minister of Foreign Affairs John Kerry did not reach an agreement.

President Trump visits Israel

Trump is welcomed by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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President Rivlin called his American colleague welcome.
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Trump travels in the company of his wife Melania.
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The regeringsvliegtuig Air Force One arrives at Ben Gurion airport in Israel.
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Monday morning got Melania and Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia on the plane to Israel.
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Embassy

In addition, Trump’s controversial plan for the U.s. embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This is very much against the wish of the Palestinian authorities.

Although Israel throughout Jerusalem as capital claims, considers Palestine to the east of the city as part of the Palestinian territories. International organizations settled for that reason, in Tel Aviv, just like the embassies of other countries.

The first trip abroad of Trump takes eight days. After Israel, he travels to Italy, where he among others, pope Francis will meet. Also attends the president Thursday at the NATO-summit in Brussels.

The journey is overshadowed by the criticism of Trump from his own party after the resignation of the head of the FBI, James Comey. It was also last week announced that Trump may be very sensitive information doorspeelde to Russia. That secret information was sourced from Israel. The country had previously know that the good relationship with the united states, therefore, was not changed.

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