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Donald Trump: Israel-Palestine ready for peace

In a much-anticipated address, President Trump said America would always stand with Israel.

US President Donald Trump and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver press statements before an official dinner in Jerusalem on 22 May, 2017. Picture: AFP.

JERUSALEM - US President Donald Trump has wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and Palestine by stressing that both sides are ready for peace, although he says he knows achieving it won't be easy.

Trump also stressed that Washington was committed to making sure Iran did not obtain a nuclear weapon.

Trump is now on his way to the Vatican where he will meet with Pope Francis in Rome.

In a much-anticipated address, President Trump said America would always stand with Israel.

He said security cooperation between the countries was better than ever and his administration would be markedly different from that of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Trump also spoke about the importance of Jerusalem.

Israeli commentators are saying his remarks are very “pro-Israel” and tell Eyewitness News they found his speech very moving.

But he offered few details and was low on specifics.

While President Trump says the time is right for peace, he has yet to outline concrete plans on how to achieve this.

He did not mention a two-state solution like he has in previous addresses that he’s given and some on the Israeli right are calling it a major shift in American foreign policy.

As of yet, there’s been no official Palestinian reaction to Trump’s remarks but Palestinians generally have been less receptive to him than Israelis.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)