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U.S. President Visits Israel as Protests Break Out Across West Bank

Tel Aviv, May 22 (RHC)-- U.S. President Donald Trump is visiting Israel today as part of his first trip abroad as president.  During the two-day trip, he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials. 

In a controversial move, shortly after arriving in Israel, Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Wailing Wall in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. 

Trump’s visit comes after widespread protests broke out over the weekend across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, after a Jewish settler killed a young Palestinian Thursday.  More than 100 protesters were injured as Israeli security forces shot live bullets and tear gas at the thousands of demonstrators. 

Meanwhile, it is being reported that a number of Israeli officials decided not to attend Trump's welcoming ceremony at the airport in Tel Aviv, expressing concerns over a huge arms deal signed between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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