Abbas adviser says Trump visit could reopen path to talks

In this regard, referring to Trump's visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, Abbas explained that 'the problem is not between us and Judaism, but between us (the Palestinians) and the Israeli occupation'.

"We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people", Trump said.

Donald Trump has arrived in Israel on the second leg of his first foreign tour as United States president, declaring it as "a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace" to the region.

He added that after his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "I can tell you he wants peace". Trump also expressed optimism that he can help facilitate peace between Israel and Palestinians.

"Peace doesn't always have to be Israel severing its land and handing it to its enemies", he said, also praising Trump's stance on Iran.

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During the second stop of the president's nine-day tour of the Middle East and Europe, Trump later called it a "great honour" to visit the wall.

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During his visit, Trump is expected to make a push to relaunch long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel.

Trump said that he believes that Abbas and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu are ready to work on achieving peace.

But Rubio, who sparred with Trump on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, said the Palestinians' view of peace is at odds with those of the American people.

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"We can keep going through the charade of a peace process on and on".

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said Trump's remarks were "aimed at besmirching the reputation of the Palestinian resistance".

Welcoming the USA president, Netanyahu noted "the forceful" speech delivered by Trump the previous day in Saudi Arabia, when he "called on all nations to drive out terrorists and extremists".

"I think (Trump) feels like there's a moment in time here", Tillerson told reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One.

First lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter, also prayed at the wall, at the portion reserved for women.

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The meeting was followed by a brief press conference after which Trump left Bethlehem to visit the Israel Museum and Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

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