US President Donald Trump has wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Territories where he met Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
But Israeli officials were reportedly displeased that Trump tied the future of Israel's relationship with authoritarian Sunni sectarian regimes to progress on making peace with the Palestinians.
"I want to tell you how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East", Netanyahu told Trump during the press event, according to the Washington Examiner.
Trump, for his part, stressed the need to forge a historic peace deal, without mentioning any reference to the two-state solution or to an independent Palestinian state.
"The conflict is not between religions", Mr. Abbas said.
Abbas' newfound willingness to cooperate can be seen as a response to Trump's strong rhetoric regarding his commitment to make what he has called "the ultimate deal" between the two historically hostile nations.
Before Trump departed for his first foreign trip as president, H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, said the American leader would express support for Palestinian "self-determination".
Obama "glossed over Israel's security needs and pressed (Israel) to make concessions to the Palestinians, he said".
"There is a growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posed by Iran, and it is indeed a threat, there's no question about that", Trump said. In Bethlehem Mr Trump lectured President Abbas that "peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".
He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide peace efforts and US Middle-East diplomacy.
"It's clear that the tone (between the USA and Israel) is going to continue to be much warmer, especially at the personal and the symbolic level that it was during Obama's eight years", he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US President Donald Trump speak upon the latter's arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 22, 2017, as part of his first trip overseas. He will also visit Yad Vashem, the holocaust memorial. Past sitting presidents have not visited the wall in fear of it signaling that The United States believes that the territory belongs to Israel.
The worldwide community regards all Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as illegal and a major obstacle to Middle East peace.
Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967.
Trump was enthusiastically received by Netanyahu, who leapt to his feet when the president declared that his administration "will always stand with Israel".