"But they are losers, just remember that".
Trump's comments came before meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem as part of a two-day visit to Israel meant to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and unite the Middle East in the fight against terrorism.
President Donald Trump called the perpetrators of a deadly bombing at a pop-music concert in the United Kingdom "evil losers", told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he'd do "everything I can" to hasten peace in the Middle East and arrived in Italy on the latest leg of his overseas trip. "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice".
In his meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin Monday, Trump also discussed the peace process without mentioning a two-state solution. While both Netanyahu and Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to maneuver and strike a deal.
"I am truly hopeful that American can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people", the US president said. "I look forward to working with these leaders towards a lasting peace".
In his appearance with Abbas, Trump made what many took as a reference to Palestinian payments to the families of terrorists.
Trump told Abbas he was "truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people". "We are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life".
Israel should be recognised as a Jewish state, meaning all the other ethnicities might be "tolerated" and probably treated like third-class citizens, security remains in Israel's hands, meaning it maintains its tight control over borders, air and sea, and the conflict ends, meaning Palestinians will be forced to accept prone an inhumane occupation and abuse forever.
Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, but Palestinians insist that the city's mostly Arab eastern part be the capital of any future state. "We must seize them together". The problem is not between us and Judaism.
During his election campaign, Trump also advocated breaking with decades of precedent and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, alarming Palestinians. He has already visited Saudi Arabia and Israel.
"In this spirit of hope, we come to Bethlehem, asking God for more peaceful, safe and far more tolerant world for all of us", Mr. Trump said. Protests against joining an American-sponsored peace process were heard and effigies of President Trump were burned in the streets.
Trump's remarks came during his first foreign trip as president, a sweep of five countries over nine days. Later in the day, Trump delivered a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu, for his part, got his government to approve a series of modest gestures to ease conditions for the Palestinians in the West Bank on the eve of Trump's visit.