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Trump 'very forceful' with Abbas, Netanyahu on restarting peace talks

25 May 2017

Trump arrived in Bethlehem on Tuesday after weekend meetings with Saudi Arabian leaders in Riyadh, and a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the first sitting US president to visit one of Judaism's holiest sites. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's top budget official, said for the first time the budget looks at spending from the point of view of the taxpayers, rather than the people who get government help.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also commended Trump.

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President Trump was the first USA president to visit the Western Wall.

"Returning to the Kotel with these people was nearly as exciting as my first time", Karasenti, the first paratrooper to reach the Western Wall in 1967, said in a statement.

"There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both PM Netanyahu as well as President Abbas", Tillerson said.

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In contrast, Husam Zomlot, Palestinian ambassador to the United States and a key Abbas ally, said he did not see Trump's comments as a U.S. policy shift.

More Military; Less for Social Programs - The president is proposing major changes in the way Washington's $4.1 trillion budget is spent, with more money for the military, border security, and veterans. The latest round of peace talks in 2014, involving then-President Barack Obama and John Kerry, his secretary of state, failed to reach a deal.

Trump later visited the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and spoke at the Israel Museum, where he focused on terrorism.

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The dailies highlighted statements by Abbas saying that the real problem for the conflict is with the Israeli occupation and settlements, and that Palestinian independence is the key to stability.