In Trump's private moments, it is small talk and compliments

  • In Trump's private moments, it is small talk and compliments

In Trump's private moments, it is small talk and compliments

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' top diplomatic adviser, Majdi Al-Khalidi, yesterday condemned the so-called US-led regional peace process which would see Arab states partially thawing their relations with Israel as a first step toward restarting peace talks. "Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me".

He also called on the Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace - but gave no specific details on what he meant. When the USA leader met his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, he spoke about being committed to peace in general terms, but didn't use the phrase "two-state solution" - the code-word for a peace deal that would involve a Palestinian state. The two leaders discussed ways to advance negotiations and considered how Arab states might support those negotiations. It's between us and occupation.

In the first public comment by an Israeli official on the $110-billion US sale of ships, tanks and the latest anti-missile systems to the kingdom, Lieberman said he had expressed his concerns in recent talks with US National Security Advisor HR McMaster.

Far-right Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli settler organisations also hailed Trump's silence on two states. An explicit endorsement of a two-state solution, which has been USA policy for more than a quarter-century.

Tamara Keith, NPR News, traveling with the president.

He didn't talk about a two-state solution.

A US -born Israeli says he was both delighted and disappointed by President Donald Trump's visit to Israel.

By signing a historic nuclear deal with Iran, Obama strained USA relations with Saudi Arabia. This trip was much more about smiles.

The Ruderman Family Foundation praised the decision to build the elevator and make the Western Wall more accessible to people with disabilities.

Trump has spoken of being a mediator, arbitrator or a facilitator in the peace process between Palestine and Israel.

DANIEL ESTRIN: Clinton tried. They all failed at bringing peace.

Michael Oren, a deputy minister in Netanyahu's coalition government and a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, said the vagueness with which Trump addressed the Israeli-Palestinian issue coupled with his sharp condemnation of Iran and terror dovetailed comfortably with current Israeli thinking. "Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they now feel emboldened", Trump said of the Iranians, saying that the decision to enter the deal was a "terrible thing for the United States".

So, while there is that cynicism, there are also people on both sides who think that actually Trump perhaps might be the one to seal the deal.

Trump visited Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center Tuesday for a wreath-laying ceremony, and enthusiastically pledged he would "never forget" when signing the guestbook at the site.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers. "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 incredible". "So incredible, and will never forget".

I look forward to working closely with you to confront the dangers we face together in this violent and volatile Middle East. Trump is due to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the 13th president to visit the Vatican.

For the PBS NewsHour, I'm John Yang.