Trump embraces Israel, but Russian ties still trail him

Trump embraces Israel, but Russian ties still trail him

"After President Trump delivered his speech in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, which was carefully bereft of words like "radical Islamic terrorism", instead using more moderate terms like "Islamic terrorism", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused Trump of deliberately "milking" the Arabs for sealing an arms deal with the United States and other future investments.

"This is really a stunning achievement".

Rouhani also criticized a meeting U.S. President Donald Trump attended in Saudi Arabia, describing it as a "show-off" that "will not have any political and practical values".

"Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques greets Mrs Trump". But obstacles have emerged that may complicate the relationship between the White House and the Knesset.

Trump, wearing a yarmulke, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. He toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb. From there Mr Trump was whisked by helicopter to Jerusalem to start a 28-hour visit heavy on symbolism and littered with political minefields.

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But Trump departed for Europe having offered no real indication of a path forward on one of the world's most intractable disputes.

The US President in his speech to Arab heads of state in Riyadh, continuously attacked Iran for funding arms and training militias in order to spread destruction and chaos in the region.

Trump in his speech called Hamas a terror group, leading to this response from the group that controls Gaza: "The depiction of Hamas as a terror organization by Trump makes clear the American bias on behalf of the occupation, and is aligned with the enemy's policies". Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone. They were joined by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner. The US has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.

The White House struggled to answer the question. Trump himself never commented. Gulf Arab countries long have been suspicious about Iran, and the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations furthered their worries about Iran's regional intentions. Many however, interpret both of the aforementioned initiatives, at least in part, as being both out of a shared concern between Israel, the Gulf States and the USA of a rising Iran. He has taken a tougher line on settlements than Israeli officials had expected, urging restraint but though not calling for a full halt to construction.

President Trump landed in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 22, as part of his first worldwide trip as president.