Trump to visit Israel in search of revived peace process

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Since taking office in January, Trump has been bullish about wanting to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace that so far has been elusive.

Trump has handed son-in-law Jared Kushner and longtime business lawyer Jason Greenblatt the assignment of charting the course toward a peace process. Senior administration and White House officials will arrive together with them.

Before meetings Monday with Netanyahu, the president and first lady Melania Trump will visit the Western Wall, an important Jewish holy site, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is believed to be where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb.

Despite the president's claim, White House aides have tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump's stop. On Sunday, Israel authorized some economic concessions to the Palestinians that a Cabinet statement said "will ease daily civilian life in the Palestinian Authority after (Trump) who arrives tomorrow, asked to see some confidence building steps".

Trump is going to be the first sitting US president to go there.

Steinitz says the deal is "definitely something that should trouble us".

Abbas says he is ready to meet Netanyahu under Trump's peace efforts, and there has been speculation the United States president could seek to arrange a meeting while in the region.

Most countries consider all Israeli settlements, including those built with official sanction, to be illegal.

During his presidential campaign, Trump advocated breaking with decades of precedent and moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeply alarming Palestinians. The official also said a final decision has not yet been reached.

Trump is singularly fixated on delivering a Middle East peace deal, administration officials said, even if that means jettisoning the long-standing U.S. stance that any resolution should be based on a two-state solution. It is located in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the global community.

In an effort to illustrate changes in the city over the past 50 years, Reuters has assembled from an Israeli government archive a collection of photos taken in Jerusalem in 1967.

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Both stand on an elevated plaza Jews refer to as Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, and the location of an ancient Jewish temple.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, based in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, reported that clashes had erupted in the neighbourhood until late hours on Saturday night, when Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets into the community and detained 20-year-old Muhammad al-Abasi.

The U.S. has sought to push back against North Korea's work to speed up the development its nuclear weapons and missile program. He also visited the Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah, home to Abbas' West Bank headquarters, and a school at the camp, which sits opposite to the Israeli settlement of Beit El.

A White House official blamed Trump's fatigue for the switch.

"That was good gesture by him", said Mahmoud Mubarak, head of the local council in Jalazoun.

Washington has recently suggested that it would no longer insist on the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

While Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump will become the sixth U.S. president to visit Israel, America's most loyal ally in the Middle East.

Mr Trump's eight-day trip will also take in Brussels, the Vatican, and Sicily.

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