US President Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran must immediately stop its financial and military support for “terrorists and militas” and he reiterated that it never be permitted to possess atomic arms.
“They’re all saying I did”, the president said. So you had another story wrong.
Trump told Abbas during the press conference, “I want you to be the Palestinian leader to sign the final agreement with Israel“. Subsequent reports suggested that the source of the intelligence was Israel but, crucially, did not allege that Trump had mentioned this fact to the Russians.
Much of central and southern Jerusalem was shut down to allow the presidential motorcade of around 60 vehicles to make its way from Trump’s hotel to the town, just eight km (five miles) to the south.
He also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which Christians believe is the site where Jesus Christ was crucified and later resurrected.
Trump campaigned on a pledge of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, but has since retreated.
In his speech attended by dozens of Arab and Islamic leaders, he toned down the harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric he had employed during the presidential campaign previous year in favor of trying to gain cooperation against Islamist militants.
Obama had a notoriously hard relationship with Netanyahu – something for which Republicans repeatedly pilloried the Democratic president.
The last round of talks reached an impasse on April 2014, mainly over Israel’s refusal to halt the construction in the West Bank settlements.
Netanyahu, in his remarks, did not mention the word “Palestinians”, but spoke of advancing “peace in our region” with Arab partners helping to deliver it.
The information was given to the USA by an Israeli source and the leak endangered the life of a spy who was placed inside the IS by Israel, according to the reports.
After acknowledging that Trump’s approach to Israel represented “a great change from the Obama years” and an easing of “the tension of those years”, Mitchell warned of the “downside” that “Palestinian needs are not going to be addressed at all by the White House, and there won’t be any pressure on Israel, or there will be a lot less pressure, I should say, on Israel to address the needs of the Palestinians in terms of a comprehensive peace”.
Donald Trump appears to have inadvertently confirmed that Israel was the source of intelligence he shared with Russian Federation.
More in the cross-post on the MRC’s NewsBusters blog. Spokesman Sean Spicer said the president was being kept up to date on the blast by his national security team. He cut through the shouts of multiple questioners to say simply, “Intelligence cooperation is terrific”. We’ve looked at what other people have done.
American media have claimed the president bragged to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to Washington about intelligence the USA had acquired from Israeli spies.
From the airport, Trump is expected to continue to Jerusalem, where he will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
The retired army lieutenant general was sacked as national security adviser in February.
But even that excuse is shockingly unflattering to Trump. Trump himself never commented.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud appeared especially eager to “see peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians”, Trump said.
For his part, Netanyahu is maintaining a pretense that all is well, and that Trump is the groundbreaking emissary for peace that he pretends to be.
Trump’s traveling team is faring no better.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called Jerusalem “the heart of the Jewish People” and said that she hoped the Trump administration would make good on its promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in a move that would break with decades of precedent and essentially recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
Trump was either devious or clueless, and neither his chief diplomat nor the leader of the country whose intelligence he compromised seem to care.
Trump promised during his campaign to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the United States embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but has since backed off that pledge – at least for now.