Air Force One just landed at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeting President Trump at a tarmac arrival ceremony. The President and First Lady will visit the Western Wall later this morning, ET.
Trump said: "Now we must work together to build a future where the nations of the region are at peace ... During my travels in recent days, I have found new reasons for hope."
With ambitions for an eventual peace deal, Trump will continue the message he's taking to the base of three great religions: Tolerance, and a fierce resistance to terrorism, lead to a more prosperous future.
Trump's weekend overture to the Muslim world, combined with his call to the national leaders in his audience to be tougher on their homegrown threat ("history's great test — to conquer extremism and vanquish the forces of terrorism"), has given him a momentary respite from the legal peril he left at home.
The reviews, while noting some contradictions with past Trump stances, were mostly good. Fox's Bret Baier said from Saudi Arabia: "[A]s you travel the world and you talk to world leaders, they think ... that this is a turning of the tide in the relationships of these countries — Saudi Arabia, the Gulf nations."
"I do think that you are seeing an effort by the White House ... to try to stick to the message of the day, and that's why we're not having a lot of open Q&As." (Trump hasn't yet had a presser on the trip.)
Can Trump sustain the presidential mien, for this week, and when he returns?
A key Republican emails: "Can this team and its leader learn from success? If they can, the turn to presidential-level issues can create a sense of calm and normalcy which would begin the rebuilding process with Rs in Congress."
"It means leaving Mueller to the various lawyers and focusing on results for the moderate-income voters that Trump uniquely inspires. Trump's presidency is about Trump, and that is vexing and tiresome to those struggling in a rapidly changing economy."
Quick read by Axios' David Lawler on what to expect during the Israel leg.
P.S. Per Bloomberg's Alan Levin, Margaret Talev and Jonathan Ferziger: Trump traveled from Riyadh to Tel Aviv aboard Air Force One today "in what appears to be an unprecedented direct flight by a U.S. president between those nations, which don't have diplomatic relations."
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... "Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man!" — President Trump, returning a compliment given by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who had told Mr. Trump, "You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible."