'Heinous Attack Upon Humanity': Trump Offers Condolences to Victims of UK Attack

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Trump left Israel and headed to Rome, the next destination on his four-nation, five-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe.

Trump was greeted with an extended standing ovation on Tuesday afternoon by a small audience of Israeli lawmakers and guests at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and his speech was punctuated by applause.

Hamas denounced Trump's message at the summit in Saudi Arabia - which focused heavily on what he called "the crisis of Islamist extremism" - for attempting to divide the Muslim world, as Trump meanwhile "ignores the Zionist crimes of killing children and women and demolishing the roofs over their heads".

Trump's strategic re-positioning in the region has two parts.

Netanyahu had ferociously opposed the Iran deal, claiming it posed an existential threat to Israel. I will call them losers from now on.

He has notably toned down some of the pro-Israeli rhetoric from his presidential campaign since entering office in January, asking the Israeli government to "hold back" on settlement building and equivocating over his promise to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

While Trump called on Israel to join a coalition of partners dedicated to fighting "common enemies", the speech at the Israel Museum lacked specifics on how to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that "h$3 undreds of protesters blocked roads in cities and towns of the West Bank" on Monday, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoner strike that began in April in opposition to dismal conditions as well as "Israel's inhumane system of colonial and military occupation".

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who spoke ahead of President Trump said that he welcomed Mahmoud Abbas' condemnation of the attack in Manchester, England. That is completely wrong. "And let me say, the Israelis would love to have peace", Rubio said.

Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian-born Israeli who teaches contemporary Iranian politics at a private research university in Israel, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. "He says he wants a solution but what solution?" Commercial Israeli flights aren't even allowed to fly over Saudi Arabian airspace.

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If it was indeed intentional, it's not the first time the first lady has used body language publicly to steer her husband. The White House said Trump was being updated on the attacks in Manchester, England, by his national security team.

Yet some Israeli officials are less certain of Trump.

"My administration will always stand with Israel", he added to a large round of applause. Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab countries to have signed peace deals with Israel.

Commentator Chemi Shalev wrote in Haaretz that the deal will give the Saudis a "hold" on Trump, "which means he won't be quick to cross them".

Indeed, Israeli leaders are already anxious that they might lose their edge in the region.

"There are many things that can happen now that could never have happened before" as he delivered a public statement alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that followed a face-to-face meeting in Jerusalem.

Mr Abbas had sought to convince the unpredictable US President to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. "So, we are telling you right now, that Iran will not have nuclear weapons".

'Making peace.will not be easy - we all know that, ' Trump stated.

"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of the two-state solution".

At the same time, the White House sent mixed signals regarding the Trump administration's official policy on the conflict, seemingly acknowledging the existence of "Palestine" while simultaneously recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. And he will not impose anything on us, and he will not patronize us.

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