He declined to reiterate stated US -policy on a two-state construct for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, nor did he repeat his earlier calls to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to slow Israeli settlement building in disputed areas of the West Bank.
An official statement by the PA's foreign ministry described Netanyahu as "racist denying the occupation's existence".
"All the different messages made by President Trump are not only something heartwarming to Israelis, but it's a clear message to the Palestinians: Be serious about making peace and don't delude yourselves that the U.S.is not Israel's ally and will look the other way".
Meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas just hours after the latest terror attack against the West, President Trump criticized the Palestinian Authority's policy of rewarding terrorists and said Mr. Abbas is ready to work with Israel on a peace agreement.
"The ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal", Trump said at the Israel Museum.
Some have also wondered whether Abbas, now a highly unpopular leader, has the ability to unite his people behind a deal Trump proposes, Estrin said.
In Bethlehem, Trump said he was "truly hopeful" for an end to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, and added that goodwill from his visit would turn into peace talks.
Iman Haddad, a Palestinian student in the West Bank, said Trump's visit was little more than a photo-op. Abbas's Fatah party is at sharp odds with the Islamist group Hamas, which is in power in Gaza, leaving no unified Palestinian position on peace.
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But both Netanyahu and Abbas face domestic political challenges.
His speech at the Israel Museum touched on the Jewish connection to the Holy Land, earning applause from the audience, which included Sheldon Adelson, a U.S. billionaire and active political supporter of both Netanyahu and Trump.
The talks came with hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17, which Abbas referred to in his remarks after meeting Trump.
In a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump acknowledged what has always been known: that Israel and Saudi Arabia have formed a tacit alliance whose main target is Iran.
Security was tight for Trump's journey to Bethlehem, a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem but located across Israel's separation wall.
On Thursday, special envoy of the Trump administration to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt is coming to Israel to continue the peace discussions with Netanyahu.
Iran, on the other hand, slammed Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia as a "theatrical gathering" that would not effectively fight terrorism in the Middle East. Barack Obama visited in 2008, but it was during the campaign, before he became president.
For once, it was not what President Trump said. The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over parts of the Old City seized in the 1967 war.