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But in February, we saw the opposite happen: when Melania went to take her husband's hand, he simply patted and dropped it, suggesting he didn't want to hold hands.

Nathan Thrall from the International Crisis Group and author of a new book on past Israeli-Palestinian peace talks agreed that "there was nothing substantive in Trump's public comments".

In Israel the overall tenor of Trump's trip - which included a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial on Tuesday - and the warmth exhibited between the president and Netanyahu contrasted sharply with the Israeli prime minister's tense relationship with Obama.

"Once again we reassert to you our positions", Abbas said elaborating, "accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel and resolving longstanding issues based on worldwide law and agreements in accordance with Arab peace initiative".

At the same time, Trump is making a concerted effort to promote warmer ties with Israel, a USA ally and Iran's rival, after eight years of chilled ties under Obama.

He also commended the importance of the holding of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday.

Netanyahu has expressed tentative support for parts of the initiative, but there are many caveats on the Israeli side, including how to resolve the ever more complex refugee issue and whether Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights, strategic territory that Israel took from Syria in the 1967 war.

The president continued his lengthy overseas trip today, ending his stay in Israel and a visit to the West Bank. It also urges a "just settlement" of the Palestinian refugee problem. The problem is not between us and Judaism.

"President Abbas noted that he was ready to begin negotiating (with Israel) immediately", the readout said.

Hunger strike solidarity protesters erected a cage with an effigy of a Palestinian prisoner in Bethlehem's Manger Square, chanting: "Trump, listen!"

On Tuesday, during an interview on Fox News's "Fox & Friends", Dershowitz called Trump's trip "terrific" and claimed: "The president is saying and doing all the right things". I know you've heard it before. There and at his next stop, in Bethlehem on the West Bank where he met with Palestinian leaders (and was also the target of demonstrations), he managed not to mention the idea of a two state solution, the main goal of the Palestinians.

"It would be a mistake to read too much into the president's remarks", said Michael Oren, a former historian who now serves as deputy minister for diplomacy in the Prime Minister's Office. "I look forward to working with these leaders towards a lasting peace". This week ISIS struck again in Manchester, England, where a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children outside the concert arena where singer Ariana Grande performed.

Abbas emphasized that he was committed to cooperating with Trump to forge a deal.