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December 16 2017, 10:29 | Irvin Gilbert
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to cooperate during their meeting in Israel on combating terrorism, the White House stated on Tuesday, APA reports quoting USA media.
"There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both Netanyahu as well as Abbas".
"(There were) so many young, beautiful, innocent people - living and enjoying their lives - murdered by evil losers in life", Trump said.
President Donald Trump wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank on Tuesday without evidence of progress toward renewing talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The area, captured by Israel in 1967, is not sovereign Israeli territory and Palestinians there are not Israeli citizens and do not have the right to vote.
Abbas' newfound willingness to cooperate can be seen as a response to Trump's strong rhetoric regarding his commitment to make what he has called "the ultimate deal" between the two historically hostile nations.
Much of central and southern Jerusalem was shut down to allow the presidential motorcade of around 60 vehicles to make its way from Mr Trump's hotel to the town, just eight km to the south. "I won't call them monsters, because they would like that term".
The President also notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades. "He wants peace", he said.
Protesters also rejected Trump's portrayal of the Palestinian faction Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, as a "terrorist" group.
During his speeches at Ben Gurion Airport and the Israel Museum on Monday and Tuesday respectively, Trump did not utter the three words that have made many an Israeli wince: two state-solution.
On Monday, Trump made a highly symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Their talks came with hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17, which Abbas referred to in his remarks after meeting Trump.
"He did not want to wade into any thorny issues", Estrin said, noting the president did not reference controversial issues like Israeli settlements or his campaign promise to move US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Going off-script in one of his speeches, Mr Trump contrasted his support for Israel with the previous administration's coolness, saying it was a "big, big, handsome difference". "It symbolically recognizes Israel's historical ties to Jerusalem and its claim of sovereignty", Jim Phillips, senior Middle East research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, told Xinhua.
The Israeli Ambassador to the United States couldn't contain himself after President Donald Trump implied Israel is not located in the Middle East, putting his head in his hands in disbelief at the statement.