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>> It was the first ever direct flight to Israel from Saudi Arabia. The first time a US president has come to Israel on his first foreign trip.>> We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region.>> And the first time they've paid a visit to the Western Wall due to political sensitivities.
Donald Trump also hoping to be the first to solve the longstanding conflict here. I'm Reuters Emily Wither in Jerusalem. Trump has said on this trip that he believes peace is possible between the Israelis and the Palestinians. And has boasted in the past that he can bring the two sides together and where his more experienced predecessors have failed, broker the ultimate deal.
Anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the president during his visit to the old city, especially here at the Western Wall will be disappointed. Every measure has been taken to try and obscure people's view. Using the word opportunity multiple times throughout the day, again, alongside the Israeli president.
>> You have a great opportunity right now. There's a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. I think people have just had enough, they've had enough of the bloodshed and the killing.>> The turmoil back home over contact with Russia following Trump all the way to Israel at a photo op.
President pushing back on suggestions he might have passed Israeli secrets about ISIS to Russian in an Oval Office slip up, though he didn't directly deny it.>> Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel, never mentioned it during that conversation.
Far from the photo opportunities, a different kind of welcome.
Palestinians going on strike and protesting here to show solidarity with hunger striking prisoners held in Israeli jails. A sign of the difficult task facing the White House.