US President Donald Trump (C) and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speak upon Trump's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2017, as part of his first trip overseas.
The moment was an abrupt interruption of an otherwise warm and smooth welcome for Trump to the Holy Land.
In a first for any newly elected USA president, Trump paid a visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia in his first overseas trip as president.
White House aides have also tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop, casting the visit as symbolic. But Trump's unconventional approach to diplomacy has raised hopes that he may be well positioned to jumpstart talks bogged down by entrenched interests and ancient enmity.
The fact that Trump, just like a peddler, tours the epicenter of the Muslim world to collect money to revive the USA bankrupt economy is an example of US-favored version of Islam, he said.
And on the eve of Trump's visit, an Israeli official said Netanyahu's cabinet has approved confidence building measures with the Palestinians, including allowing building in a West Bank area. "But for the first time in many years - and, Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime - I see a real hope for change".
Trump met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his quick stop in the region.
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Later Tuesday, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and deliver remarks.
And Trump made one symbolic gesture Monday in bridging the gap between Israel and the Arab world. He also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb. They were joined by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner. The family was separated by gender. Trump approached alone and placed his hand on the stone.
The visit raised questions about whether the USA would indicate the site is Israeli territory. He reiterated the Palestinians' demands, including establishing a capital in East Jerusalem, territory Israel claims as well, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognizing the state of Palestine".
The White House struggled to answer the question.
"The wall is part of Jerusalem", he said, declaring only an undeniable fact accepted by all sides.
He said an agreement with Israel could "begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East". But it was another stark reminder for the president that his troubles at home, including the investigation of his ties to Russian Federation and his firing of FBI Director James Comey, have followed him across the ocean on his multi-nation journey.
The Obama administration's nuclear negotiations further fueled Gulf nations' worries about Iran's regional intentions, especially as it backs Shiite militias fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and supported the government of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad that many had opposed through supporting rebel groups there.
In Saudi Arabia and Israel, leaders appeared wholly unconcerned by Trump's continuation of the nuclear deal, apparently confident that the president's tough talk will ultimately be backed up with action.
Mr. Trump had previously suggested he would be open to creating a database of all the Muslims in the USA, also called for Muslims to be temporarily banned from entering the United States over security concerns.