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Trump seeks Middle East answers in Israel-Palestinian conflict

Donald Trump landed in Tel Aviv last night with few concrete ideas on resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict after describing it as “maybe not as difficult as people have thought”.

The US President, welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, last night spoke of a “rare opportunity” to bring ­stability to the turbulent region.

“On my first trip overseas as president, I have come to this ­sacred and ancient land to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of ­Israel,” Mr Trump said.

“We have before us a rare ­opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people, defeating terrorism and creating a future of ­harmony, prosperity and peace. But we can only get there working together. There is no other way.”

At a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Mr Trump said Iran must immediately stop its financial and military support for “terrorists and militas” and he reiterated that it never be permitted to possess atomic arms.

“Most importantly, the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear ­weapon — never, ever — and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and ­militias, and it must cease immediately,” he said.

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