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Trump in Israel: Jews, Christians, Muslims Must 'Overcome Oppression and Hatred'

25 May 2017

On the one hand, Trump called for renewed peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, but failed to mention how and on what basis such efforts should be made, uttering a vague "we want Israel to have peace. and we must seize [opportunities] together and take advantage of the situation".

"We believe you have the ability and the necessary influence over the occupying power's [Israel's] government to end the suffering of our children in Israeli prisons", he said in a letter to Mr Trump.

The President has struck an increasingly optimistic tone on the prospects for peace in recent days, insisting that he is sensing a shift in the region that could draw Arab countries closer to Israel and create more favorable conditions for peace. "I had a meeting this morning with (Palestinian) President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace", he said. "Making peace, however, will not be easy. They are ready to reach for peace", Trump said.

While speaking in Bethlehem on Tuesday, Trump said he is "committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal", according to the BBC.

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"Your excellency, as you have witnessed during your - as you saw yesterday during your historic visit of holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem, and today in Bethlehem, the conflict is not between religions, for respecting religions and prophets is an integral part of our religion and faith", Abbas added.

As President Donald Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding US policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem. Abbas's Fatah party is at sharp odds with the Islamist group Hamas, which is in power in Gaza, leaving no unified Palestinian position on peace. The Israeli settlements, status of Jerusalem or whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory were not discussed.

On Monday, he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. And he also spoke of Israeli settlements and occupation and Palestinian prisoners.

"There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before", Trump said during the visit.

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"As I have repeatedly said, I'm personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement".

Trump's meeting with Abbas took place a day after the American leader's historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall (Kotel), the first such visit to the holy site by a sitting USA president.

"I'd like to draw attention to our Palestinian hunger-strikers", Palestinian leader said during his joint news conference with Trump, also mentioning the issue.

Trump stated the Jewish people have a historical stake in the land of Israel. The visit follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism.

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Over the decades since 1967, Jerusalem has seen controversy over settlements, violence and demographic change.