Trump just made a historic visit to a holy site in Jerusalem

Trump also planned to visit the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and the Western Wall, an important key Jewish holy site.

Afterwards, he is expected to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in east Jerusalem, the holiest site in Judaism.

Trump, who is Protestant, is the first U.S. president to have Jewish members of his immediate family.

Trump's actions since have left them disappointed, with the embassy remaining in Tel Aviv - at least for now - and the White House seeking to restart peace efforts.

Mr Trump has so far shown little interest in the fiendishly complex details of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking but has said he is bullish on the chances for peace.

Trump visited the Western Wall without any Israeli government officials by his side despite requests from Israeli officials. Yuval Steinitz, a senior Cabinet minister and Netanyahu confidant, called Saudi Arabia "a hostile country" and said the deal was "definitely something that should trouble us". After Air Force One landed in Tel Aviv, the Israeli capital, Trump boarded Marine One, the presidential helicopter, to travel to Jerusalem.

Trump was accompanied by the Western Wall's rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitz, during the visit.

Iran must also "cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias", Mr Trump said at President Rivlin's residence. He could be seen entering the holy site along with first lady Melania Trump under heavy security.

But President Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced during his previous stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials.

"I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", Trump said during a joint news conference with Netanyahu at the White House in February. Palestinians and most of the global community consider East Jerusalem, which contains the Old City, as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognized by the worldwide community. In that time, some 246 Palestinians died by Israeli fire, mostly attackers, Israel says.

At the end of his appearance with Netanyahu, Trump said that he "never mentioned the word or the name Israel" in his conversation with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador.

Palestinian police officers loyal to Hamas take part in a graduation ceremony in Gaza City March 30, 2017.

Israel later made Jerusalem its capital, but other parts of the world refuse to recognize Israel's claim. "We stand together always".

Trump did not specify whether the United States is urging Israel to halt only new settlement activity, or even construction to expand existing settlements. On Thursday, Trump will meet with Belgium's King Philippe, Prime Minister Charles Michel and other officials prior to visiting the European Union headquarters.

President Trump's first stop was a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations.

Trump's trip will also take him to the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily.



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