President Trump Makes Historic Effort in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Donald Trump is visiting Jerusalem in an outreach effort to establish Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the second leg on his first foreign tour as President.

Trump said he has the “rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace” to the Middle East. That peace effort means standing up for Israel and against terrorism, a marked turn from Obama administration policies.

Peace through strength seemed to be the theme, as Trump explained during his speech on the first leg of his tour, that achieving it “means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.”

He added, “It means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians.”

Now, he is declaring the desire not only to combat Islamist extremism, but to actively pursue peace.

Via Al Jazeera:

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Israel where he will visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem to seek ways to restart talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.

Trump spoke of a “rare opportunity” to bring peace to the region as he landed in Tel Aviv on Monday.

His visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to focus on unity in the fight against “terrorism”.

On Monday afternoon, the US president will hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and tour two sites in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

President Trump’s flight path is actually considered a symbolic and historic effort in and of itself.

A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel told AFP he was not aware of any flight having previously taken the same path before.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu certainly took notice of Trump’s actions.

Never before has the first foreign trip of a president of the United States included a visit to Israel. Thank you, @POTUS.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 22, 2017


Netanyahu also expressed hope for change with the new President in charge …

Mr. President, you just flew from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. I hope one day an Israeli prime minister will be able to fly from Tel Aviv to Riyadh.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 22, 2017


Mr. President, may your first trip to our region prove to be a historic milestone on the path towards reconciliation and peace.

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 22, 2017


Trump is also set to visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, becoming the first sitting president to do so.

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