Israeli Army Radio: Saudi persuaded Trump to postpone embassy move

Breaking with American presidential administrations' longstanding support for two states, Trump said at the time, "I'm looking at two state and one state, and I like the one that both parties like".

"I think the fact that he was the first sitting USA president to go to the Western Wall is meaningful", Beigelman said.

Without naming anyone in particular, Rubin tells OneNewsNow that Trump is getting "bad advice" from his advisers about moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign promise that has yet to be realized.

Trump has said that achieving a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians is possible.

It explained that Israel pursues what it described as an "incitement strategy" over the truth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem and its history, identity and culture, especially during US President Donald Trump's visit to the region.

Although Trump was the not the first president to visit the Western Wall, he was the first sitting president to do so. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump's Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, set off a mini firestorm in Israel by referring to the Palestinian territories as "Palestine", a name that embodies Palestinian aspirations to statehood, and is not used by the U.S. government; the U.S. State Department then walked back Tillerson's comments.

Trump initially expressed openness to alternatives to a two-state solution in February, during a meeting with Netanyahu at the White House. "We've already made peace with Egypt and Jordan and Israel's hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors, including the Palestinians".

Iman Haddad, a Palestinian student in the West Bank, said Trump's visit was little more than a photo-op.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the "unification" of its eternal capital. Since 1967, the global community - including the United States - has refused to officially recognize eastern Jerusalem and its Jewish holy sites as part of Israel.

Analysts and commentators were left Wednesday wondering what, if anything, Trump might do to resolve the decades-old conflict. What was clear is that Trump is seeking a new relationship between Israel and its traditionally hostile Middle Eastern neighbours. There is a good chance that behind closed doors other demands were made as well - although there seemed to be few strings attached to the $480 billion in agreements signed between the USA and Saudi Arabia. He vowed to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons and touted the possibility of a regional framework for peace, conditioned on the Arab world recognizing Israel's "vital role".

During his public addresses in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Trump talked forcefully about peace but refrained from offering specifics of how it could be achieved or from berating one side or the other too harshly.

  • Joey Payne