Trump to travel to Israel on Monday to visit the West Bank and the Palestinian territories, his White House said, in a move likely to raise tensions with Israeli leaders and raise the prospect of military action against Iran.
Trump will visit the city of Bethlehem and the northern city of Ramallah, which have been the scene of recent Israeli military incursions.
The US president will also visit the western city of Tel Aviv, home to the US embassy, and the city’s international airport.
Israel, which claims all of the West, annexed the territories from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.
Israeli security sources have said the president will travel to Ramallah for talks with the Palestinians.
Trump’s visit comes amid mounting tension between Washington and Israel, the US’s closest ally in the Middle East, which has threatened military action to stop the Iranian-backed Hezbollah from taking over the Palestinian Authority.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House in Washington, DC, US January 6, 2021.
/ AFP / Joe Raedle (Photo credit should read JOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images) Israel’s Defense Ministry said on Monday that Israel has seized four “dangerous weapons” and will take action against the Iranians who have “planned and executed the attack”.
The ministry also said that a Palestinian terrorist, identified as Khaled Salameh, who was believed to be carrying a hand grenade, was killed by Israeli forces.
The ministry said Salameham was killed near the Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied Gaza Strip, close to the southern Gaza Strip.
Salameah was one of several Palestinians who had planned to detonate a car bomb at the checkpoint.
Israel has launched an unprecedented offensive in the Gaza Strip in recent days in an attempt to wrest control of the coastal enclave from Hamas.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged Israel to halt the offensive, which Israel has called an “act of aggression”.
The Israeli military said it had shot and killed a Palestinian man close to a checkpoint on Saturday.
Earlier this month, a Palestinian woman, identified by Israel as 20-year-old Nada Salame, was also shot dead in a military operation in Gaza.
Earlier on Monday, the Israeli army said it killed two suspected terrorists who were preparing a car bombing in the northern Israeli town of Nablus.
The two were shot dead by Israeli troops who were responding to a threat in Nabluss.