Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz) Honored With Jerusalem Award

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During his speech at the Knesset in honor of the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem's reunification, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Jerusalem will never be divided again.

The White House said that in talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, "President Trump underscored the United States' ironclad commitment to Israel's security, including to the maintenance of Israel's qualitative military edge".

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

The US President changed plans at the last minute, reportedly infuriating the Palestinian Authority by breaking with official protocol.

View of the Palestinian village of a-Ram, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. It should not be controversial to endorse a position that has been adopted by the American, Israeli, and Palestinian governments, yet Trump seems to be going out of his way to purposely not do so. Trump had arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace.

Trump has spoken of being a mediator, arbitrator or a facilitator in the peace process between Palestine and Israel. He will close his ambitious first foreign trip at a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily, where his reception from European leaders may be less effusive than his welcome in Israel and Saudi Arabia, his opening stop on the trip.

Palestinians had been holding a protest outside the Church, the celebrated birthplace of Jesus Christ, in solidarity with over 1,500 prisoners now on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Hundreds of police were deployed in the city to prevent clashes. He travelled eight km south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, to see Abbas.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley

He has since said the move was still being looked at.

"We can not accept that on the 50th anniversary of the city's reunification, the capital of Israel has become one of the lowest socioeconomic areas", he said.

It was a major repudiation of Muslim claims that the Temple Mount is holy only to Islam and that the Jews have no connection to it.

In one short set of off-the-cuff remarks in Jerusalem, Trump told an Israeli delegation that he had just gotten back from the Middle East - despite the fact that Israel is squarely in the region. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit. However, the move has not been recognized by the worldwide community. The future status of Jerusalem is among the most contentious issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"Three days ago, the USA added another $75 million to the aid package for the missile defence programme", Netanyahu said at a memorial ceremony for Israel's dead in the 1967 Six-Day War. He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the U.S. would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory.

Trump did briefly respond to one shouted question about his meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, offering this indisputable assessment of the pontiff: "He is something".

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