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Melania again appears to refuse Donald Trump's attempted hand-hold in Rome

Melania again appears to refuse Donald Trump's attempted hand-hold in Rome

However, to achieve peace, the main obstacle is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, the settlements and the failure of Tel Aviv to recognize the Palestinian state the same way we recognize Israel, the Palestinian leader said after a meeting in Bethlehem with Trump.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

On Monday he stated, "t$3 here are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before" as he delivered a public statement alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that followed a face-to-face meeting.

President Trump said the US stood in "absolute solidarity" with the United Kingdom and slammed the "evil losers" behind Monday night's apparent terrorist attack in Manchester, England. It's not easy, but we agree with him - peace is possible. Both sides will face tough decisions.

The visit offered proof if anyone needed it that Trump has no idea what he is talking about when he speaks of the ultimate deal being peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mrs. Trump said it's "beautiful to be here", but refrained from answering any other questions. He also faces difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director two weeks ago.

Trump also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial, on Tuesday.

Netanyahu must deal with opposition from right-wing nationalist elements within his coalition who oppose any Palestinian state being created in occupied territory where hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers now live.

Netanyahu's tone was somewhat less upbeat, with sharp criticism for Abbas. The President will meet with Pope Francis in what will be his first visit to the Vatican. Trump didn't take the bait either time, sticking to his scripted remarks and walking a fine line on the issues.




After waving at the crowd, President Trump reached out for Melania's hand, when she whisked it away to tuck her hair.

Earlier this year, Donald held the hand of United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May as they walked through the White House.

Trump then caressed the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.

"There's no other solution", he said.

Trump left Israel and headed to Rome, the next destination on his four-nation, five-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe. President Abbas noted that he was ready to begin negotiating immediately.

In a press conference with Abbas Tuesday morning, he reiterated, "I have committed to try to reach a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians", speaking only in general terms.

In Saudi Arabia, Trump said he had called on Arab leaders "to join in a partnership to drive terror from their midst once and for all".

One of the long-standing regional proposals is a Saudi peace initiative that was first put forward in 2002 and has been re-endorsed several times since.

The US president used the occasion to also condemn the "evil losers" behind a bomb blast at a pop concert in the British city of Manchester that killed 22 people.


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