Shalom! Trump lands in Israel in pursuit of elusive peace deal and vows to make the Middle East a place where children can grow up free from terrorism and violence

  • Trump arrived in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon to meet Israels president and prime minister after a two-day triumph in Saudi Arabia 
  • On Tuesday he will meet Palestinian Authority President Abbas in Bethlehem
  • Trump has called Middle East peace the ultimate deal and is using his son-in-law Jared Kushners expertise and Orthodox Jewish connections to work on it
  • Trump has worried Israelis, however, with the softening of his enthusiasm for settlement building in the West Bank
  • And he is keen to sell arms to Muslim nations including the Saudis, already racking up more than $100 billion in orders this weekend
  • Trump said Irans nuclear saber rattling has  brought a different feeling toward Israel from some countries that have been cool to the Jewish state
  • Theres a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East, he said; People have just had enough. Theyve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing
  • Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem 

Donald Trump landed in Israel late on Monday morning in advance of a whirlwind two-day visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank.

He arrived from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Air Force One – flying direct, as no other planes are permitted to do – following a 48-hour lovefest with leaders from dozens of Arab nations.

The second leg of Trumps nine-day excursion will put a spotlight on his vaunted efforts to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians – a prospect that the billionaire businessman has called the ultimate deal.

He said alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a Jerusalem photo-op that even challenges like a belligerent Iran with nuclear ambitions can be an opportunity as Tehrans saber-rattling has brought many other parts of the Middle East toward Israel.

You have a great opportunity right now, Trump told him. Theres a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East. I think people have just had enough. Theyve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived Monday in Israel, on the heels of a successful two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived Monday in Israel, on the heels of a successful two-day visit to Saudi Arabia

Air Force One arrived around midday at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv

Air Force One arrived around midday at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv

Trump, center, got familiar with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and President Rueben Rivlin, left, during Mondays welcome ceremony in Tel Aviv

Trump, center, got familiar with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and President Rueben Rivlin, left, during Mondays welcome ceremony in Tel Aviv

Trump pledged upon his arrival in Tel Aviv that he was there to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel

Trump pledged upon his arrival in Tel Aviv that he was there to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel

The president will face tough questions, though, from an Israeli government that had been aligned with him during his campaign – even after pledging upon his arrival that he would reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel.

The people of Israel are excited by your arrival – and have great expectations, Rivlin told him during an arrival ceremony on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International Airport.

The world needs a strong United States. The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States, Rivlin said, each crescendo outdoing the last.

And may I say, the United States needs a strong Israel.

Mondays arrival couldnt have been more different from Saturdays spectacle in Riyadh, in one major respect: The uniformed Israeli Defense Forces soldiers included many women who held machine guns next to their skirts. 

In Saudi Arabia, the only females visible on the airport tarmac were two small girls holding bouquets and a single U.S. Secret Service agent.