Dershowitz: We're Closer To A Peace Deal In Israel Than Ever Before

Dershowitz: We're Closer To A Peace Deal In Israel Than Ever Before

He also will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and become the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall - Judaism's holiest site.

Trump was greeted Tuesday morning by Abbas at the president's headquarters in Bethlehem and their meeting is now underway.

But then he's also going to be doing some things that are more unusual for a US president.

Trump placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall.

MARTIN: Now, I understand that just the planning for the visit has had some controversy attached to it.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One for Israel, the next stop in Trump's worldwide tour, at King Khalid global Airport, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Riyadh.

Israel captured east Jerusalem 50 years ago and claims the area - home to sensitive Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites - as part of its capital.

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Of course that's a tactical alliance; no one in the USA government has ever indicated otherwise. Erdogan's next move could be to cancel his Washington visit in light of the YPG arms move.

Trump reiterated the USA stance against Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

More than 10,000 Israeli police units, counterterrorism units and border police will secure President Donald Trump and his 1,000- person entourage during his visit to Israel.

Not as pleasing to Israeli leaders, however, were comments by a junior USA official in the lead-up to the visit, planned for Monday, that the Western Wall is not in Israeli territory but "is part of the West Bank".

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope the region and its people", Trump said at a joint press conference with Abbas on Tuesday.

The Israeli leader said that "for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change".

He has spoken of reviving long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians, but few specifics have emerged of how he intends to do so.

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In his speech, Mr Trump also stated again that he believed peace between Israelis and Palestinians was possible.

There have been no full-fledged peace talks since 2014.

But the reality remains that both sides are stressing different things. Fresh from his diplomatic success in Saudi Arabia, Trump will offer to act as a facilitator and instruct his administration to work overtime to aid Bibi and Abbas in forging peace.

I look forward to working closely with you to confront the dangers we face together in this violent and volatile Middle East. ...

Security was extremely tight for the Israeli leg of the visit, with police deploying some 10,000 officers. What do the Palestinians hope will come out of this visit?

"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran - and it is indeed a threat, there's no question about that", he said.

By the end of his tour, the USA president will have visited significant homes of three major religions - Islam, Judaism and Christianity - a point that his senior aides say is important in bolstering his argument that the Islamist militancy is a battle between "good and evil".

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