Israel marks 50 years of 'united Jerusalem', but city struggles

But in his statements, Trump seemed to imply that he had reached some tentative agreements that would allow Israel to step toward normalization before, rather than after, resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The visit follows an initial leg in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to confront extremism.

"Three days ago, the United States added another $75 million to the aid package", Netanyahu said on Wednesday, without giving a timeframe for the money's arrival. Trump has spent more time courting the Arab states and extolling their willingness to make peace with Israel than he has in courting Israel itself, and whatever else the Sunni states may be, they are not going to be used as props. The UN in December reiterated that position in a Security Council resolution that labeled as illegal all Israeli settlement beyond the 1967 borders, known as the Green Line, including in the eastern part of Jerusalem. Instead, Trump conducted a short meeting with Mahmoud Abbas and a press conference in which he condemned last night's terror attack in Manchester.

"The Temple Mount and Western Wall will remain forever under Israeli sovereignty", Netanyahu told lawmakers, just two days after President Donald Trump visited the wall.

"We know, for instance, that both Israelis and Palestinians seek lives of hope for their children".

Israeli officials have routinely claimed that Palestinian armed resistance is part of an global rise in Islamist extremism, while many Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon.

"Our hand is stretched out for peace", he said.

But Isaac Herzog, the opposition leader and the head of the Labor Party, said that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser on the Middle East, told him that the United States meant to follow up quickly with a process moving toward an agreement. "I will call them from now on losers because that's what they are", he said.

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Netanyahu must deal with opposition from right-wing nationalist elements within his coalition who oppose any Palestinian state being created in occupied territory where hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers now live.

The Palestinian Authority controls the West Bank and is seated in Ramallah.

The event this year celebrated a half-century since the liberation of the other half of the holy city, whose sacred sites were held hostage for 19 years by Jordan behind a scramble of ugly barbed wire and a stinking pile of garbage. While the USA, like the rest of the global community, does not recognize Israel's control over Jerusalem - including the Temple Mount and Western Wall, Judaism's holiest sites - Trump became the first sitting president to ever visit the Kotel.

Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of USA and global precedent.

It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community and claims the entire city as its capital.

After Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War, it annexed it and declared Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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