Trump greeted with selfies and politics on arrival in Israel

US President Donald Trump departed from Saudi Arabia directly en route to Israel on Monday morning as part of his first foreign tour in office.

Kushner and Greenblatt were to accompany Trump on his two-day visit, set to begin Monday and include separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The majority of the people of Israel, unlike the media, they love us, so we tell them how you are great and they love you", Sara said to Trump and his wife.

The Trump administration rejected a request from the Palestinians to push for an Israeli settlement freeze, but promised to sort out the issue during peace negotiations, according to the official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the private meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

USA policy doesn't hold that the city is part of Israel, but the White House put "Jerusalem, Israel", on its website Monday, without offering an explanation.

President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh.

As a result, Donald Trump is all set to turn secular for his first ever foreign trip as the USA president. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately interjected, however, to suggest it was only an accident. The U.S. officials declined to confirm if it belonged to Israel.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan informed Trump of a possible attack in Tel Aviv that transpired while the president was airborne. "So you have another story wrong", he said. We need to try and come together to address that.

On the flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel, during a Q & A session with reporters, Tillerson commented: "On to the second stop, Tel Aviv, home of Judaism".


As the Netanyahus strode along holding hands, as they often do, Trump, walking alongside them, reached out to grasp the First Lady's hand, but video circulated on Twitter appeared to show Melania Trump briefly flicking his hand away. Kushner also has longstanding relationships with two major Israeli banks that have been investigated by USA authorities for allegedly helping wealthy clients evade US taxes.

Trump, who is Protestant, is the first United States president to have Jewish members of his immediate family.

The stop in Israel comes after the president's visit to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and will be followed by a trip to the Vatican, where Trump will meet with the pope.

Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what ideas Mr. Trump might present for peace or what concessions he may demand.

Trump, wearing a black skullcap, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall.

At the same time, he urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.

The Western Wall sits in Jerusalem's Old City, which was captured by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Trump has talked a lot about the importance of walls and as he makes his way to the West Bank city of Bethlehem to meet with Abbas, Trump will confront one perhaps even more controversial than the one he has vowed to build on the US-Mexico border.

The secretary of state has been perhaps the most hostile Trump cabinet member to the Jewish state.

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