Hamas says Trump speech on Jews' ties to Jerusalem 'racist, counterfeit history'

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US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner told opposition leader Isaac Herzog Tuesday that Washington meant to move fast to advance a renewal of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a spokesman for Herzog said, with Trump's envoy Jason Greenblatt reportedly set to return next week so as not to leave a "diplomatic vacuum".

"The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever", said Trump, speaking after a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The White House also referred to Abbas as president of "Palestine" in a schedule, despite the fact that the US does not recognize a Palestinian state.

"President Trump welcomed the steps that Prime Minister Netanyahu's security cabinet have taken to improve the Palestinian economy, noting that greater economic opportunity for Palestinians would enhance the prospects for peace".

He said he was "truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bringing new hope the region and its people". He said that the Palestinians' problem is with the occupation and Israel's position of not recognising the Palestinian state. Further, the US leader did not bring up the issue of sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem, which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital.

The White House noted that Trump and Netanyahu discussed the current situation in Syria and the need for a political solution to the ongoing conflict in that country.

Trump is now on his first overseas trip since becoming president of the United States.

Trump's two-day visit came immediately before the Israeli holiday of Jerusalem Day, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of Israel's reunification of the holy city during the Six-Day War.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the United States president said the "ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal", in a speech given at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Trump, who spoke after arriving in Israel, has also vowed to do whatever is necessary to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Greenblatt accompanied Trump during his two-day visit in Israel and had held a series of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials ahead of Trump's arrival.

Saudi Arabia doesn't recognize Israel and the two states don't have diplomatic relations.

Dozens of captives' families demonstrated on Tuesday in the Nativity arena during Trump's visit to the Church of Nativity.

It is the first time a sitting United States president has visited and prayed at the site.

Is it just me, or is it unnerving that the commander of the world's largest nuclear arsenal is unable to recognise what subcontinent he's on? He also said he believed the Palestinians "are ready to reach for peace".

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