Donald Trump continued his trip through the Holy Land today with a stop in Bethlehem, where he met with Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas. During the meeting, Ynet News reports on Trump's speech, which scolded the Palestinians for rewarding terrorist violence:
US President Donald Trump rebuked Palestinian support for prisoners during a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday, noting that "peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded."
"I'm committed to trying to achieve peace, Abbas and (Israel's Prime Minister) Netanyahu are committed too," Trump told Abbas in a joint press conference after their meeting, vowing to "do everything" to reach a peace agreement.
"In the spirit of hope we come to Bethlehem asking God for a more peaceful, safe and far more tolerant world for all of us," the American president said, adding that he believed that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will bring peace to the entire Middle East.
Trump also extended his condolences to the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people.
"I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack, and to the many killed and the families, so many families of the victims," Trump said. "So many young, beautiful innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life."
The American president said the attack preyed on "innocent children," adding that "The terrorists and the extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out of our society forever. This wicked ideology must be obliterated, and I mean completely obliterated..."