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

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In his White House meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in early May, Trump said he looked to "prove wrong" those who said peace between Israelis and Palestinians is the toughest deal to broker.

Trump also condemned the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, saying: "Terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever".

Trump swallowed whole the Saudi (and Israeli) view that Iran is a major menace to the region and it must be fought relentlessly.

In the eyes of cynical Israelis, Trump, like Netanyahu in the past, is awarding himself the world title of Mr. Anti-Terror, this time against Iran.

Netanyahu, for his part, got his government to approve a series of modest gestures to ease conditions for the Palestinians in the West Bank on the eve of Trump's visit. They all failed at bringing peace.

In a joint news conference, Abbas stressed that the Palestinian people's attainment of freedom and independence was the key to peace and stability in the world, "so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a safe, stable, and prosperous future".

Rarely has an American president moved so quickly to verify his total ineptitude in grasping the realities of the Middle East, and to craft a policy response whose nature and magnitude bring together degrees of political immaturity that only make the United States a laughing stock globally. They're losers, and we'll have more of them.

Trump's caution showed. He did not weigh in on Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the USA would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory.

From Israel, Mr Trump departed for Italy for an audience with Pope Francis.

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US President Donald Trump's landmark speech in Saudi Arabia May 21 signals a reversal of policy from the Barack Obama administration and will ratchet up tensions with Iran.

Trump and Netanyahu in particular lavished praise on each other during their multiple meetings.

Israeli leaders put the conflict at almost 100 years old, dating it to anti-Jewish riots in the 1920s, and Trump's addition "of more", which did not appear in the prepared remarks, was likely meant as a nod to them. "Jews don't need global approval to recognize the connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem, but we also can not hide from what happens around the world where people try to deny the Jewish connection to the wall, the Temple Mount and Jerusalem".

The status of Jerusalem is the subject of a longstanding USA policy debate - and it showed during Trump's trip. And he also spoke of Israeli settlements and occupation and Palestinian prisoners. On Tuesday morning, Trump met with Abbas in Bethlehem, traveling across the barrier surrounding much of the biblical city.

He said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours to build confidence and create a real opportunity for peace". "This visit underscores the unwavering strength of the US-Israel relationship and the Jewish state's vital importance as America's strategic partner in a volatile region", AIPAC said.

After the papal audience, also to be attended by Trump's wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, the Trump couple are to be given a tour of the Sixtine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.

Full normalization with almost the entire Arab and Muslim world in exchange for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights is the central idea behind the Arab Peace Initiative, which Trump was likely told about at great length during his meetings in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. While this does not necessarily exclude the possibility of normalizing relations with Iran's other, more geographically close allies, it may well encourage the Trump White House and other influential policymakers to vigorously pursue a strategy of cooperation with the Arab states against Iran.

Trump declared that he would not call the attackers "monsters", a term he believes they would prefer, instead choosing "losers", a longtime favorite Trump insult and one he has directed at comedian Rosie O'Donnell, Cher and others.

Israelis had expected Trump to make some kind of a gesture regarding the status of Jerusalem.

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