Dave Lawler May 22, 2017
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Trump in Israel: potential pitfalls and the "ultimate deal"

President Trump departs Saudi Arabia for Israel Monday morning, and there are some early indications that the second leg of his foreign trip could present a trickier diplomatic challenge than the first.

Trump was greeted on the tarmac in Riyadh by King Salman and members of the royal family, setting the tone for a visit that included sword dancing and even a billboard displaying his tweets.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, had to order his ministers to attend Trump's arrival, Haaretz reports. Many planned to skip because there was no time on the agenda for a meet-and-greet.

Trump's overarching goal: Make some tangible progress toward a peace agreement, which he has said would be "the ultimate deal."