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hello, and welcome to 100 days +. can president trump strike the ultimate deal of peace hello, and welcome to 100 days +. can president trump strike the ultimate deal of peace in the middle east? he arrives in israel for the second stop on his foreign tour with some familiar rhetoric on iran. the master negotiator believes he can build trust with both israelis and palestinians and push them to make concessions to get a historic agreement. it's not easy. i've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all, but i have a feeling we are going to get there eventually, i hope. donald trump becomes the first sitting us president to visit the western wall — placing his hand on one of the most sacred sites ofjudaism. and president trump says he could
many things could happen that could not happen before. but even while he's abroad the president battles controversy back at home — could he seems to say he didn't tell the russians the intelligence was sharing came from israel. also... theresa may is supposed to win this election in a landslide so why are the polls narrowing. tonight the prime minister speaks to the country — after a rethink on one of her key manifesto pledges. and... the orb that lit up the internet. twitter goes wild over this photo of president trump on his weekend visit to saudi arabia. how would you write the caption? hello, i am katty kay in washington, christian fraser is in london. donald trump said today there's now a unique opportunity for peace between israelis and palestinians and the white house clearly believes he's the right man to take advantage of the moment. good luck with that, is effectively the reaction of the many people who have tried and failed to bring about this ultimate deal. but what's new, says the administration, is partly mr trump's skill as a negotiator
as well as also the emerging alignment between israel and sunni arab states — against shiite—led iran. the president sees a peace agreement as part of that effort, and after his weekend visit to the saudi capital riyadh, he says he has found new "reasons for hope". if we are willing to work together, i believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen. one that will bring greater safety to this region, greater security to the united states and greater prosperity to the world. this includes a renewed effort at peace between the israelis and the palestinians and i thank the prime minister for his commitment to pursuing the peace process. he's working very hard at it. it's not easy. i've heard it's one of the toughest deals of all, but i have a feeling that we are going to get there eventually, i hope. israel's prime minister
re—stated his longstanding position that he is a partner for peace — but with the same conditions as always. you have noted so six hinckley the common dangers are turning the former enemies into partners and thatis former enemies into partners and that is where we see something new and potentially something very promising. it won't be simple but for the first time in many years and for the first time in many years and for the first time in my lifetime i see a real hope for change. mr trump is the first us president to arrive in tel aviv on a direct flight from riyadh. he is also the first sitting president to visit the western wall injerusalem, though not in the company of the israeli prime minister. though not in the company you'll see he stood alone with his thoughts for several moments, before placing a hand written note between the cracks. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet
is injerusalem for us. i was watching that before we came on airand it i was watching that before we came on air and it was said, common enemies turning into partners. so he is buying into this idea. definitely. i have just come from riyadh and there is a lot of talk now about some arab states including saudi arabia and the united arab emirates are, as one minister said to bringing down 70 years of hatred and beginning the normalisation of relations with israel. there is a door document where they are talking about business permits and tourism visas. they are trying to get a new relationship with israel because they want to work with them and other strategic goals. as far as
saudi arabia is concerned it is widely known but not much talked of that there are contacts between the two countries, there have been some senior saudis who have visited israel and vice versa. they have been talking behind—the—scenes and both agree errani is the main enemy. now they have president trump in the white house of reading with that. and when israel looks to deal with the palestinians it sees a wider peace. that seems to be a new bargaining chip in this process. 0ne bargaining chip in this process. one of the things that struck me about this is the raccoons are making it clear they will not lecture the middle east and human rights. i wonder if you are hearing other concerns from european partners over issues for example like yemen or other human rights issues which might be tricky for america in this closer relationship with gulf states. they were not on the agenda. in riyadh, many noted
that, not human rights. the yemen question came up on a press co nfe re nce question came up on a press conference in which this american civilian -- conference in which this american civilian —— secretary of state said if we give them better arms they will be able to target better. i spoke to a senior american official in riyadh and he said the difference between 0bama and trump is that trump will not tell the saudis how they should run the kingdom, and thatis they should run the kingdom, and that is very important. they are doing deals and they making new alliances. but the other thing on the agenda is trying to make peace with the palestinians and the white house made it clear they want to see some confidence building measures as they call them, before they arrive with the palestinians. a series of steps happen taken to ease the steps and that crossing between jordan and the west bank, to include to create
new industrial zones and jobs and allow more building permits. is this enough? is this a move in the right direction? we can cross to the west bank tojoin direction? we can cross to the west bank to join the palestinian entrepreneur, do you welcome the steps? we have seen this song and dance before. where israel tries to make some kind of public gesture to show a new us president that they are serious about peace. the reality oi'i are serious about peace. the reality on the ground is that the boot of israeli military occupation has been oi'i israeli military occupation has been on the palestinian neck for 50 years. incremental changes in the business field is not going to solve the political crisis. iwake business field is not going to solve the political crisis. i wake up every day trying to create jobs in palestine and the thing that stops us palestine and the thing that stops us doing it the way we are supposed to is the israeli government as they
maintain this 50 year military occupation. i will believe it when i see it, and to see it means to get the boot of occupation off our neck. evenif the boot of occupation off our neck. even if it does not start by ending the occupation, by creating a palestinian state, you know better thanl palestinian state, you know better than ijust palestinian state, you know better than i just how long palestinian state, you know better than ijust how long that will take and has been taking, if they make moves to make life easier for palestinians, to create the possibility of creating jobs, encouraging investment, would that bea encouraging investment, would that be a step, however small, in the right direction? definitely, every step taken to juice the pressures of this very volatile reality are welcome. but the steps need to be taken ina welcome. but the steps need to be taken in a sustainable way, and they also need to be placed into the context of resolving this conflict. we may not resolve the conflict for another 100 years, but will israel remain micromanaging the palestinian economy? that cannot be sustainable.
every step forward that looks positive, that allows us to breeze a bit is welcome. but we will not be tricked into thinking our permit military occupier has any idea to allow asked to be free. that is what has to happen for negotiations to start. and what about the entry of president trump who makes it clear he has no rule book, will take a totally original way of approaching the process, could that make a difference? i don't believe what he says. he approached the region exactly the same way other presidents did. by dumping more arms into an already collapsing region where people are dying daily, propping up governments which are not representative like saudi arabia, and then coming to palestine and on his first day here breaking international law by taking the israeli prime minister's invitation
to go to the western wall, which is in the middle of occupied territory. he would do well to read international law and put people around him that don't have the conflict of interest that they currently have. thank you very much for joining currently have. thank you very much forjoining us. and there you get some of the cynicism and scepticism of the palestinian side, even among those who would like to see a new peace process. we will hear more about the palestinian sentiments tomorrow when president trump meets the panellists delyn —— palestinian president. it is clear there is good chemistry between trump and netanyahu chemistry between trump and neta nyahu and chemistry between trump and netanyahu and their wives. they are having dinner now. i'm sure they have a lot to talk about. well many a us president has tried and failed when it comes to striking a peace deal between the israelis and palestinians.
one man who knows the process and players well is george mitchell, who served as president 0bama's middle east envoy. he joined me just a short time ago. the president speaking in israel today talked of array opportunity for harmony, prosperity and peace in the middle east between israelis and palestinians. do you agree there is this opportunity and can he take advantage of it? i hope and pray he will. it is very difficult now stop there is a high level of mistrust, polarisation on both sides. the two state solution, which is the only feasible solution, is the losing ground in both israel and among palestinians. so it is a huge challenge but the effort must be made because the history of the region is that when there is no visible effort to bring about a resolution of conflict, violence tends to flare. the danger of violence now is much greater than in
the past because of the tremendous up the past because of the tremendous up evil in the entire region.|j the past because of the tremendous up evil in the entire region. i was talking to senior white house officials before the trip and it seemed to me they are very optimistic that sheer force of personality donald trump can do what you, amongst others, have failed to do. do you think that is enough?” don't think personality is enough. but i hope and pray that it comes about by whatever means. the reality is that there are huge differences between israelis and palestinians and all the core issues. but they could be overcome if there were not the very deep hostility and mistrust that exists, not just the very deep hostility and mistrust that exists, notjust amongst the very deep hostility and mistrust that exists, not just amongst the peoples but the leaders. when the president and prime minister in 2010 i was president and prime minister in 2010 iwas in president and prime minister in 2010 i was in the room. secretary clinton was the only other person. and it did not bring traction in the way we
had hoped. that if they met it would give them reason to continue. it validated their worst concerns about the other. so what this president's tea m the other. so what this president's team seemed to believe is that if president trump can build a good relationship with neta nyahu president trump can build a good relationship with netanyahu you and president of us then that will be a catalyst, he will be able to do something different because he is a good negotiator. do you see that in mrtrump? do you good negotiator. do you see that in mr trump? do you see that capacity? i hope it is there. for the sake of peace in the middle east and for american interests. so far at least, the conflict has not been able to be resolved on the basis of personality, and there have been many strong and powerful personalities involved. a dozen presidents, 20 secretaries of state.
many israeli and palestinian leaders. at times and circumstances change, they are not the same now as they were six or seven years ago and much different than ten or 20 years ago. so it is possible, not likely at this time, but i commend the effort. the president has made it clear during this trip that the primary focus of america's foreign policy in the middle east is iran. he will around the gulf state friends and the israelis and use that as a way to distance the world from iran. is the degree to which she is doing that appropriate and helpful? i feel the trip was most useful in the following respects: isis and al-qaeda and those affiliated with them want the conflict to be and to be seen as a conflict to be and to be seen as a conflict between all of islam and
all of the west, led by the us. donald trump's prior rhetoric and tea m donald trump's prior rhetoric and team a slim ban on all moslems, played right into isis's point of view. it furthered the impression that they wanted further to. in this trip he has essentially reversed that position. so if nothing else happens on this trip, that makes it significant. we did not get to iran, we will have to come back to that. thank you for coming in. a lot of people were saying that strange in rhetoric is welcome. you we re strange in rhetoric is welcome. you were saying in that interview, you we re were saying in that interview, you were at the white house last week, and one of the first things they did when they got off the plane in riyadh was signed $100 billion arms deal with the saudis. surely that has unnerved the israelis somewhat. why do you tell us what they are trying to do with the gulf arab
states ? trying to do with the gulf arab states? it's interesting. that arms deal, i think, states? it's interesting. that arms deal, ithink, it states? it's interesting. that arms deal, i think, it is part of getting sunny gulf states to get part of the burton sharing. and i hearfrom the white house that it is about the fight against extremism and about providing a counterweight to iran. throughout the trip to riyadh, and to israel, there was the conference restraint of this will give us ballast against iran. interestingly, donald trump has not ripped up the iranians nuclear deal. so is some of this rhetoric to appease people who wa nt this rhetoric to appease people who want america to take a tougher stance? the aim is to get arab states to have a counter to run themselves. but the evidence is is it would become like a nato deal from gulf arab states. and that is exactly the language they use. a nato type arrangement against iran. we said last week. we said last week it was a good time
to leave washington and the furore that surrounded the president, with the appointment of special he was asked if he betrayed a source. just so you understand, i never mentioned the word or the name 'israel'. never mentioned it during theatconversation. you were all saying i did, so you had another story wrong. never mentioned the word israel. i think that is the first time we have heard the president confirm what intelligence sources had been keen here not to confirm which is that israel was the source of the information handed to the russians! allies who are worrying about whether they can share secrets with donald trump, the fact that he will
confirm things in public that are meant to be secret, and clearly wa nted meant to be secret, and clearly wanted to... but when he sticks to the strip —— script he's good. wanted to... but when he sticks to the strip -- script he's good. but you saw him, he shut everybody up and wanted to make that point. yeah, he had to get that in, didn't he? there and in washington the enquiries and congress will continue while he is away. and the sunday television talk shows were full of it, including reaction to a late—breaking story from friday. there was another report from that conversation in the oval office. i just fired the head of the fbi, said the president. he was crazy, a here is some of the weekend reaction. i don't remember exact what he said. he said he feels
hamstrung. i'm almost speechless, i don't know why someone would say something like that. but i know mr lover of is the stooge of a thug and a murderer. president trump calls this a witchhunt. what you think? i wouldn't use that term. these issues are being raised in the press. people are going to the press who appear to be people are going to the press who appearto be in people are going to the press who appear to be in the know or at least pretend to be, they leak information and the press reports it. these questions need to be answered. john mccain. do we take it that comey sought this quote and went, right, that's it. i'm going to testify. let's put it this way. if i called you a nutjob and at how would you feel? you can call me that off air but not on air! but he's a proud quy: but not on air! but he's a proud guy, his integrity is potent to james comey. the president has not made any friends and intelligence
agencies and by firing mr comey he can probably expect worse. i think it's worth reminding everybody of the investigations that are taking place. you have enquiries into russian interference and the election and links between russia and trump. wheels have the in the senatejudicial and trump. wheels have the in the senate judicial committee into michael flynn. then there's the enquiry within the house oversight committee into macro one —— comey‘s memos. and then thejustice department investigation lot. so what they are saying is that even though robert muller will take the lead on everything, these enquiries will continue. is amazing they getting anything else done. with that amount of enquiries into links to russia. here is what people are
starting to say, top democrats have said to me, we like the investigations, we want to make sure we can keep our role in them, we don't want them all handed over to the fbi. but we also don't want them wrapped up too soon because we hope they are still highly of the president as he goes into the mid—term elections next year cars we feel this is good for democrats. so everybody is playing a game here. and it's good, because that will be seenin and it's good, because that will be seen in the public domain whereas robert muller will be very private. and could go on for years. something that will not is the british election campaign. 0nly only three weeks left. tonight the prime minister talks to andrew neil on the bbc. and she is under pressure because the polls are narrowing. yes, when the election was called the conservative lead was generally around 20 points. now looking at a poll of polls the conservative party is on 46%. the labour party at 33% and the liberal democrats dropping to around 8%.
but some polls have even brought the lead down to single digits. we have not rewritten the manifesto. the principles on which we have based our social care policy remain absolutely the same. we need to ensure that we have long—term sustainability in social care. we need to be able to ensure that we can fund social for the future. we are doing the honest thing about putting a proposal to the british people and they will make their choice on it. how can it be honest, prime minister, to reject a cap in your manifesto and four days later say, we are going to have a cap? what is honest about that? what we set out in our manifesto was a series of principles. it was to say to people, first of all, this is a big issue, we need to address it and we are being honest that we must fix it and that is what i want to do. i am not going to bury my head in the sand, i am not going to play politics with it, which is what jeremy corbyn is doing.
you are just going to change your mind already. i'm going to fix it. prime minister under pressure and some of her promises. and just to say, viewers in the uk can get up to date with all the events in the general election campaign in the election wrap, which follows 100 days +. and if you're watching in the rest of the world — we'll have more in the next edition — plus we'll go live to cardiff for view from there. if you were alive to twitter this weekend, you might have seen this — a photo of donald trump in riyadh alongside the egyptian president and the saudi king at the opening of a new centre that will target extremism. the orb on which they have placed hands apparently activated a wall of computers in front of them. that is, at least, the official version. yes, within minutes, a caption contest was under way on twitter, which went viral. here's a few of the best. @nitepuddin says, "it was a beautiful orb, the best orb, ask anyone, it didn't glow till i touched it! belive me...‘
@clarajeffry from motherjones.com points out that 'orb' is 'bro' spelled backwards... my favourite is from @billk and he says, "double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and caldron bubble". straight out of macbeth, right? there was also up brilliant moments, during a sword dance. i don't know what you do with a sword in polite society. i don't think he does either. doesn't know whether to hold it up or keep it down. in a second, melania is standing by in front of him and you can tell by her
expression that she is slightly bemused by all this. there you are. you know we talk about a staff shake—up coming at the white house? you never want to be seen at a sword dance... steve bannon did look very uncomfortable there. you're watching 100 days + from bbc news. still to come for viewers on bbc world news: we will look at how donald trump has changed his tune on the middle east, making his first and here in the uk, the polls have narrowed ahead of the election. we will hear from wales and the issues facing voters there. that's still to come on 100 days +, from bbc news. 25 degrees was the maximum
temperature in the south east of england today. it may get warmer still during the end of the week. not much rain over the weekend, high pressure pushing away week weather fronts in the north. increasing sunshine later on and drawing air up will lift the temperatures. today was lovely across the bulk of england and wales. a bit of cloud around, much more across the northern parts of northern ireland. we have had a few showery bursts of rain as well. most of the wet weather was affecting scotland. a few heavier burst in the far north, heading slowly towards the northern isles. clear skies following. except for wales, the south—west and the channel islands where there will be
a lot more low cloud and perhaps hill fog. chilly overnight in rural parts of scotland. a fine day on the way for most tomorrow. for mid—south wales and the south—west, channel islands, a grey picture to begin with. maybe a few spots of drizzle as well as mist and hill fog. heading seve east, it will be bright start. more sunshine moving northwards across the uk, the rain taking a little while to clear from shetland. 0therwise, apart from one 01’ shetland. 0therwise, apart from one or two showers in scotland at the north it will be dry. cloud coming and going but a decent day for most. there will be more cloud for south wales and the south—west of england. a little cooler than today. inland temperatures widely in the high teens or low 20s. some cloud coming into northern ireland and north—west
scotla nd into northern ireland and north—west scotland later in the day. still warm sunshine breaking through the cloud under the area of high pressure later in the week, so a pleasa nt stay pressure later in the week, so a pleasant stay again. towards the end of the week, no sign of any rain. probably breaking up the cloud more, helping to lift temperatures as we draw in ourfrom the near helping to lift temperatures as we draw in our from the near constant. 30 degrees is not out of the question for the south—east. hello and welcome to the election wrap. climb—down, clarification or u—turn. you choose. nothing changed, says theresa may. and social care. are you having a laugh?
a labour big beast makes fun of the tory change of heart, withjeremy corbyn, bringing forward plans to scrap university tuition fees in england. letting them eat cake, as the snp prepares to serve up a tasty, deilccious , delectable election manifesto on tuesday. what are you waiting for? the deadline to register to vote onjune 8th, is one minute to midnight, tonight. and, with expert analysis. for the the many, not the few, nigel nelson political editor at the sunday mirror and sunday people, and the political commentatorjo phillips. let's catch up on the latest developments on the campaign trail. theresa may is being accused of making a "major u—turn" in her plans to reform the funding of social care in england. but, tonight she denied anything of the sort, in an interview with the bbc‘s andrew neil.