White House officials confirm Trump Israel visit – report

White House officials confirm that US President Donald Trump will visit Israel later this month, Politico reports.

Citing two unnamed administration officials, the newspaper said Trump is planning visits to Israel, the Vatican and Saudi Arabia — a diverse mix of lands holy to all three Abrahamic faiths.

The report comes one day after Trump hosted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he expressed unyielding optimism in his ability to broker the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Last month, a senior administration official told The Times of Israel the White House was “exploring” a presidential trip to Israel and other countries.

— Eric Cortellessa

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