First lady Melania Trump visits leading Israeli hospital

First lady Melania Trump visits leading Israeli hospital

"On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to this sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel", Trump said.

But the State Department said that would not be permitted as officially the Wall is in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied 50 years ago, and Palestinians seek as the capital of a future state.

Israeli ministers have approved a number of measures aimed at improving the Palestinian economy and facilitating crossings, said to be at Mr Trump's request.

After a tense relationship with Obama, Netanyahu lauded Trump for being a leader on the worldwide stage and for his support of Israel.

Speaking at the city's Ben Gurion airport after flying from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mr Trump said his visit was to "reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the USA and the state of Israel".

Meeting Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Trump said Iran felt "emboldened" by the worldwide nuclear deal, promoted by Obama, that it signed in 2015 under which it agreed to limit its atomic programme in return for sanctions relief.

First Lady Melania Trump appeared to swat away President Donald Trump's hand as the two cruised down the red carpet on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel Monday, video shows.

He told journalists: "I never mentioned the word or the name Israel".

Any leader would face an enormous challenge in seeking to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together for meaningful talks, and Trump's inexperience and domestic political struggles will only add to it. -Israeli relationship is stressed by revelations that Trump shared sensitive Israeli intelligence with Russian Federation in an Oval Office meeting two weeks ago.

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"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran", he said, at a welcome meeting with President Rueven Rivlin.

"Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians", Trump said as he met with Abbas at the White House earlier this month. He also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is believed to be where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb.

Trump visited the wall as part of his first trip overseas as president, which includes stops at important sites for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

He will also pay a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday. Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone.

"I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", Trump said during a joint news conference with Netanyahu at the White House in February.

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

Trump has spoken of his self-described deal-making prowess in declaring that the "ultimate deal" is possible, vowing "we will get it done". -Israeli intelligence cooperation is "terrific" while attempting to dismiss concerns that the incident violated a confidentiality agreement.

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

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