Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

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A senior Israeli Cabinet minister has voiced concern about the U.S.'s $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

But earlier in the day on Sunday, Netanyahu told a large crowd that Jerusalem will always be the capital of Israel. "The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli sovereignty".

On Sunday evening, Friedman attended a celebration of Israel's capture of east Jerusalem 50 years ago, days after the White House declined to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the area.

The global community says the fate of east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations. Palestinians want the city as the capital of their future independent state.

"We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace", he said.

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The United States is Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than $3bn in defence aid annually.

At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the visit of President Trump, noting that it will be an "historic visit" to Israel.

People walk past a poster welcoming President Donald Trump in Yerushalayim on Friday, in preparation for his upcoming visit.

"It is something that I think is frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years", Trump said when meeting Abbas in Washington earlier this month.

In his keynote speech on Tuesday listen carefully for him saying "two states", or talking about the right of "Palestinian self-determination".

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Will he commit to the two-state solution?

Palestinian leaders also grew tired of American efforts that did not, in their view, extract sufficient concessions from Israel but demanded nonetheless that Palestinians take early steps to contribute to advancing peace talks as well. It has also been a source of controversy as a US official stated last week that the Western Wall is part of the West Bank, comments that caused friction among Netanyahu's administration as Israel considers the wall to be on its territory. His arrival in the Holy Land also comes as all sides await to see if he will make any announcement on his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He has since said the move was still being looked at.

Walking along a red carpet before the national anthems were played, Trump asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "What is the protocol?"

Palestinian officials believe Trump's visit will do little to resolve the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict because Tel Aviv "is more radical than ever before and will not be responsive to any initiative". Palestinians call this "the apartheid wall". Trump will be testing the waters for jumpstarting the dormant Middle East peace process, though White House officials have tamped down prospects for a breakthrough on the trip.

Donald Trump has arrived in Israel, the second destination on his five-stop Middle East trip. "Just an exhausted guy", she told reporters.

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