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from berlin. tonight, making history and making promises. donald trump is in israel where he has become e the first sittig u.s. president to visit the western wall in jerusalem. he has also had tough words for iran to my promising the israeli prime minister that tehran will never have nuclear weapons. we will bring you latest from our correspondent who is traveling with the u.s. president. ♪
brent: i am brent goff. it is good to have you with us. u.s. president donald trump is in israel. it is following a two-day visit to saudi arabia. he has become the first sitting u.s. president to visit jerusalem's western wall, one of the most sacred sites in judaism. he spoke of a, quote, rare opportunity to bring peace to the middle east, dubbing a peace accord the ultimate deal. trump also had tough words for iran, promising that tehran will never have nuclear weapons. reporter: in a visit heavy in symbolism, even the plane ride was unprecedented. donald trump arrived in israel on probably the first ever direct flight between saudi arabia and the jewish state. the two have no diplomatic relations. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu welcome to trump, hailing his country's close ties with the u.s.
>> your visit here, never before , as the first foreign trip of a president of the united states, included a trip to israel. thank you mr. president. [applause] thank you for this powerful expression of your friendship to israel. reporter: for his part, trump stressed in message of reconciliation in the middle east. >> we have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region, and to its people. defeating terrorism, and creating a future of harmony, prosperity and peace. reporter: but not far away, viviolence inn the palestinian territories demonstrated how elusive that piece remains. -- peace remains. troops rallying in support of palestinian prisoners on hunger
strike in israeli jails. trump and his wife melania toward two -- t toured two icocc sites. the site where jesus died on the cross and according to tradition, where he rose from the dead. and the western wall, a remnant of the second jewish temple destroyed by the romans, a sacred site of judaism. trump begin the first serving u.s. president to visit the site. he slipped a personal note into a crevice in the wall, as do many other visitors, offeringp their wishes to a higher power. and following talks at then jan oh -- at benjamin netanyahu's house in jerusalem, talk about the peace process. >> it's not easy. i have heard it is one of the
toughest deals of all, but i have a feeling we're going to get there, eventually. i hope. reporter: those hopes will have to be followed by deeds to make progress towards peace. on tuesday, trump visits the palestinian territories. brent: we want to go now to our correspondent traveling with u.s. president donald trump. she joins us now from jerusalem. you are following that press conference between the leader of israel and the u.s. president. it seemed like the two of them like each other a lot. is there more to it than that? alexandria: you are right, it was very interesting to see the two of them interacting, smiling and talking about their friendship. prime minister netanyahu praised donald trump for his historic visit.
he also said for the very first time in many years, he sees real change -- real hope for change. it was quite interesting to see that donald trump was very pleased, very flattered by those remarks. brent: we know that trump has always been critical of the nuclear deal with iran. he has been going out of his way to criticize tehran ever since this trip began. what is going on? is this just muster or is there more to it? alexandra: many experts i talked to told me it is unlikely the trump in a strange and will interrupt the nuclear deal with iran because it was agreed by our partners as well as russia and the european union. i think that donald trump thinks that he now has a chance to convince the arab world that they have a common cause with israel, that they are facing the same enemy, and that could h hp
them to bring israel and the palestinians to a negotiating table. brent: our correspondent on the story for us from jerusalem. thank you very much. it is my pleasure to welcome to the table, the bishop of the evangelical lutheran church in jordan and the holy land. he is also the president of the lutheran world federation. bishop, it is good to have you, we appreciate you taking the time to be with us this evening. you are here in her lane. the u.s. president is in your hometown of jerusalem. what you make of what we are hearing from the u.s. president, particularly in regards to peace in the middle east? guest: first of all, i would like to take the positive things . when he is speaking about an
ultimate deal for the middle east, i think we would like to welcome it. americans say, always we hope that he walks the talk. for me, it is very important when he speaks about an ultimate deal that it is based on international listening. that means a two state solution with 1967 borders. living side-by-side with peace. second, jerusalem should be shared between the two nations and three religions. political solution for the right of return of refugees. sharing of resources. if that deal would take all of these -- brent: that's a lot of conditions you have made. guest: this is what many american -- all american administrations talk about. the last administration,
especially. we know very well that in the united states, they continue the line. it is a time for peace based on justice. we are tired. we're tired of, you know, of uncertain situations. of, you know -- we want the occupation to end. brent: bishop, do you think is the president and his administration has said -- we heard from the secretary of state also -- has the world reached this point where it just cannot take it anymore? have we reached that? guest: i think it has reached that f for many decades. brent: many presidents. guest: yes. today is the time. if that is not solved, we would then see more extremists, more violence in the world, more
violence in the middle east. i'm a person against violence to my don't think violence will bring any solution to us. the people in the land are tired of this unsettled political -- it is creating more hatred, more violence. and that is not accepted. it is time that our children will live as other children in the world. brent: let's talk a little bit about solutions. earlier today you attended a conference on world religions and responsibility to strive for peace. it was a meeting hosted by the german foreign minister. i want to get your views on that, but let's take a closer look at what happened at that eating today. reporter: a gigantic get-together. more than 100 spiritual leaders from 53 countries representing the major monotheistic religions.
the idea, to discuss nothing less than world peace. the goal all three faiths share. for germany's foreign minister come at the conference is a new approach. >> this is a clique to use the college, now or and resilience of religion as well as its long-term nature, for very concrete peace building. reporter: turning religion into a partner r for diplomacy.. religious actors have contacted local populations. until now, releligious belief ws often seen as a cause e for conflict and therefore diplomacy had d tried to avoid any involvement with spiritual leaders when it came to funny solutions. let left room for extremists to take center stage. >> if we do not want religion to be parart of the problem, we mut make it part of the solution. and make it be seen and heard to
be part of the solution. reporter: the german foreign minister wants to use the conference to set up a network that people might use in order to deepen understanding. he urged the religious leaders to stay in contact with one another and promised help wherever needed. brent: bishop, you are at the conference. we saw you there. we heard is religion has to be part of the solution, it c can't be the r reason people f fight. but how is that going to happen? because if you go on any street in any city around the world and ask people about religion and the root of conflict, people are going to say of course they are tied together. how do you decouple them? guest: first of all i would like to say i'm very thankful for the minister of the federal republic of germany, which has invited for such a conference.
this is very memeaningful becaue it plays a big role to see that religion and religious leaders in the world and any middle east can play a positive role, and that can be a key for more involvement and engagement not only in germany, but in the eu. brent: so you're saying the conference itself is something new and a step in the right direction. guest: yes. secondly i would like to say that extremism is a perversion of religion. those who use the name of god or religion for violence or terrorism, or for misinterpretation of the bible or the scripture texts, they are the ones who do not really understand releligion, and we should combat them by education. brent: i was going to ask you, we have heard a lot this week from the u.s. president about
terrorism is there, extremism is there, and it should be destroyed. but we have not heard a lot about the root causes of this, that you have a generation of people under 30 who don't have jobs, don't have a reason to get up in the morning. is religion then going to be the panacea for all of these ills these young people are confronted with? guest: let me tell you, extremism grows where there is injustice, poverty and hatred. i mean, how can you combat it? you cannot combated by shelling and calming and arms. -- bombing and arms. it is by education, by religious acceptance of the other, which says to see the image of god in the other. the court of religion is loving
god and loving the neighbor. those who claim to love god and hate the neighbor are liars. the third thing is very important. through interfaith dialogue. for me, that is possible. for me, i would like to say that when we take the middle east, we cannot bring peace to the middle east, but peace based on justice in the middle east cannot come without us. we should be stakeholders, with politicians, because there are many sensitivities. we do not negotiate, but we can influence and have impact how to bring peace. this is the reason today religious leaders must become part of the solution. brent: you definitely are, bishop. i wish we could talk longer, there is so much to talk about. we certainly appreciate you
♪ brent: welcome back. our top story, donald trump is in israel where he has become the first sitting u.s. president to visit the western wall in jerurusalem. he has also promised israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu that iran will never have nuclear weapons. the two-day visit is part of his first foreign visit -- trip as president. the president of iran has described president trump's visit to saudi arabia as a, quote him a theatrical gathering.
in his first speech since being reelected last friday, he said he hoped the trump administration would, quote, settle down so that tehran to get a better understanding of how it governs. he has also about the country's ballistic missile program will continue, saying iran does not need washington's permission to conduct missile tests. the islamic state group has claimed responsibility for a suicide or it -- suicide attack on a military training center north of baghdad. at least fouour soldiers were killed. fightingng b between i.s. and or iraqi forces. they control a dwindling fortune of the west. mosul's eastern half was retaken from i.s. at the end of january. greece is in desperate need of money. we have heard that before. with the eurozone is standing firm when it comes to get relief. >> some positive news first,
because athens'most challenging creditor, germany, said the latest reforms go in the right direction. the finance minister even use the word remarkable. it really would be remarkable if they would agree to get relief. the german foreign minister has demanded just that, saying in an interview, quote, this has been promised in exchange for reforms and now we have to keep this promise. we go to our correspondent in brussels and a moment, a first, this. -- in a momoment, but first, th. reporter: all the signals is that greece will receive its latest installment. german finance minister appeared before the press. he demanded an end to the tug-of-war surrounding greece's bailout package. they praised greece and what the
country had achieved. he and his new french counterpart are confident greece. its problems. >> -- greece wilill solve its problems. >> w we have to discuss this together and we'll see what results come. what is important is that a solution is found that will appease the greek k people and also greece's creditors. >> i absolutely share his view. it is remamarkable with -- what the greek government and parliament has decided on. it goes in the right direction.. reporter: but when it comes to get reliefthey remaiain against it. germany's parliament would have to decide on any new relief for greece. despite massive protests, athens agreed to a third austerity package last week with cuts to pensions and higher taxes. but the measures only take effect in 2019.
the greek prime minister talked on the phone today with france's new president emmanuel macron. che made it clear that if the euro group does not make debt relief soon, it could threaten the latest austerity package. fanny: immobility. the competition wants to catch up. they are building another huge factory for the production of e-batteris. -- e-batteries. they hope it will help them compete with haslett. reporter: -- with tesla. reporter: most batteries are still made in asia. they want to be the first german carmaker who mass-produce their own batteries. they are undergoing a major expansion. suddenly, batteries are all the rage in the industry. >> it is reached a point that
even experts can barely imagine a few years ago. now wewe have the technical conditioions to develop p electc cars nearly equal in range to petrol driven cars which in many ways are even more fun to drive. reporter: german manufacturer's sudden interest in e-cars is driven in no small part to tesla. they have set the pace for the entire industry with their stylish sedans. tesalla is also producing its on batteries and infrastructure, leaving the competition behind in a cloud of dust. but they aim to catch up fast. for years, german chancellor angela merkel has been calling for a major boost in the number of e-cars on the roads. the government set a target of one million by 2020. she sasays it is urgent. >> however, innovations have to
have clear targets in mind. we constantly have to work on getting things ready for the market. that is why it is important that electric mobility is fast tracked to marketability. reporter: their battery plant won't be the only one in germany. volkswagen is also gearing up to build one of their own and automotive supplies are working on feasibility studies for their own plants. fanny: staying in the automobile industry, ford motors is ditching its cheek executive mark fields. -- chief executive, mark fields. feels is retiring after -- fiel ds is retiring after 28 years with ford. share prices lost one third. ononly one week ago, ford said t
is shedding 200,000 of its global wororkforce, and that is about 10%. 10 to cross over to jens korte. jens, what is behind this move, letting workers go? jens: i mean, the stock price of ford gained a good 2%, so wall street welcomes the news. you could say at this point wall street -- one, there has been a lot of pressure on ford, especially after a couple weeks ago when tesla surpassed forward when it comes to market evaluation -- market valuation. in an interview a couple months ago, he said to produce cars, it is very costly and the margins are rather low. if you look at newer technology,
that is where the higher margins are. if you look at this entire story from a broader angle you could say maybe the future of the car industry is not so much determined by the old car industry, by detroit, but more from silicon valley. from the technical, from the software part, it is getting more important in the upcoming future. it is certainly not an easy time as he might see that car sales overall in the u.s. are plateauing. but at least for now come wall street is happy with this change in management. brent: -- fanny: jens, that he so much. that's your latest from the business desk. back to you. brent: gilbert and george, the anti-religion rudest -- british artist are showing their work in berlin. this part of a new exhibition across germany that is marking the 500th anniversary of the reformation.
that was the revolution started by martin luther within christianity t that eventually brought about the separation of church and state. reporter: gilbert and george, characteristically dressed in tailored english suits, draw nearly as many looks as their art. indeed, they are part of it. their images are often disturbingnd at firsglance, they might offer a soothing uniformity. a secocond alarms alarmining -- reveals alararming details.. people are shattered phones. gilbert and george are known to be critical of religion and were chosen to decorate singh matthews church in berlin to -- >> the church is dealing like ourselves, with death, life,
fear, sex, money, race, and religion. reporter: gilbert and george selected he works especially for the venue. they come from the well-known 2013 series calllled scapegoatig pictureses. >> we all have to live together. a lot of religion made it very difficult to live together because they are not allowed to get marriedogether, sexuality is s separated. rereporter: the first visitors o indeed seem to find the exhibition thought-provoking. >> it is very moving. aggressive. it p provokes. and you think about the 10 commandments and try to reconcile them. i think that is great. >repopoer: normally, today's art is very cost us when it comes to islam. but here, it is very clear. >> and unusual gilbert andnd
george premier in berlin. it i is the first time in their fifty-year partnership that they are selling their work in a church. -- showing their work in a church. brent: a reminder of our top story, donald trump is in israel where he has become the first u.s. sitting president to visit the western wall in jerusalem. he has also promised that ironic will never have nuclear weapons. it is part of his first foreign trip as president. after a short break i will be back to take you through the day. stick around for that. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
thanks for staying tuned. these are the top stories. donald trump holds talks with the israeli prime minister on of his first foreign tour as a u.s. president. he also stresses the time is right to reach the ultimate deal between israel and the arab world. reports suggest the national security adviser michael flynn will refer you -- will refuse to comply with a subpoena from the senate intelligence committee. investigating possible russian