Palestinians, Israel police clash at Jerusalem Old City gate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Donald Trump speaks at the Israel Museum Tuesday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Donald Trump speaks at the Israel Museum Tuesday

It was the end of four days in the Middle East, after a packed schedule that included summits, elaborate dinners, and high-stakes meetings. "They are anxious by Trump's language because he did not mention two states", said Ghassan Khatib, a professor of political science at Birzeit University near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Far-right Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli settler organisations also hailed Trump's silence on two states.

During his trip, Trump pitched the idea of a coalition of Sunni Arab states against Iran and "Islamic extremism" and said Israel could find a communality of interest with such a grouping.

While the U.S. president called for the resumption of peace talks, he notably stopped short of endorsing the idea of a Palestinian state. We are also excited about the new possibilities of increased cooperation and even peace between Israel and the Arab world. The problem is not between us and Judaism. "It's between us and occupation", Abbas said.

In his speech yesterday, Mr Trump seemed to acknowledge the complexities of the matter.

Before Trump departed for his first foreign trip as president, H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, said the American leader would express support for Palestinian "self-determination".

Analysts and commentators were left Wednesday wondering what, if anything, Trump might do to resolve the decades-old conflict.

Trump puts a much higher priority on US national security than on human rights, said Phillips, noting Obama's strained relations with Saudi Arabia over what Obama saw as human rights issues.

Tamara Keith, NPR News, traveling with the president. At NATO, the White House touted the alliance's commitment to boosting defense spending, though the resolution was essentially a continuation of a pact agreed to two years earlier.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, many Palestinian communities in the West Bank governorates of Qalqilia, Jenin, and Bethlehem, searched many homes and abducted seven Palestinians, including two siblings.

The visit raised questions about whether the US would indicate the site is Israeli territory. It was much more about relationship-building. Speaking on Israeli television, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked stated, "We know that Trump will soon come to realize that there is no partner for peace on the Palestinian side".

DANIEL ESTRIN: Clinton tried. "It just doesn't make any sense, and if somebody wants to stop the peace process because of that they have a whole bunch of things they're not going to agree on", Green told PJM. "So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life". She admired Trump's business success, but she said, that doesn't translate into making someone a peacemaker.

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.

Trump also spoke out about the attack later that day while visiting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum. "Before 1967, there was a wall and Jews could not enter any of the gates, let alone pray at the Western Wall". "It was History's darkest hour".

Before leaving, Trump signed the guest book with a short message in which he gushed about the museum being "so fantastic". "So unbelievable, and will never forget".

Donald Trump on Tuesday arrived in Rome for a high-profile meeting with Pope Francis in what was his first official trip to Europe since becoming US President.

For the PBS NewsHour, I'm John Yang.

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