Trump considers Middle East peace a "high priority," the White House official said. The president has given his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the job of negotiating a peace deal.
Israeli prime minister says he will pursue 'responsible policies' in visit to the White House.
As Trump and Netanyahu prepare for their Feb. 15 meeting, focus has shifted to Iran's ballistic missile test last week.
The legislation has been condemned by Palestinians as a blow to their hopes of statehood. But its passage may only be largely symbolic as it contravenes Israeli Supreme Court rulings on property rights.
Israeli prime minister is criticized at home and abroad for tweet praising Trump's plan to erect a wall on the Mexican border.
Police are currently investigating the Israeli leader on allegations of corruption.
The far-right Jewish Home party, along with members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, is promoting legislation that would effectively annex one large settlement in the occupied West Bank to Israel.
Some 570,000 Israelis now live in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem, together home to more than 2.6 million Palestinians.
Israel's mission to the United Nations said funding would be cut to U.N. bodies it described as "anti-Israel."
The Israeli prime minister is suspected of receiving gifts from businessmen.
May's spokesman said that Israel had coped for too long with the threat of terrorism and that focusing only on the settlements was not the best way to achieve peace between Jew and Arab.
Israel is still fuming over the resolution approved last Friday by the United Nations Security Council that demands an end to settlement activity.
Netanyahu is already maneuvering to mine deep-seated feelings among many Israelis that their country and its policies are overly criticized.
"We're prepared to take in wounded women and children, and also men if they are not combatants..."
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu must seize this moment in order to enhance Israel's security and strategic interests.
The Israeli prime minister supports a measure that would legalize Israeli settlement homes on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Republican candidate's promise to Benjamin Netanyahu would be a dramatic shift in U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Peres has been an advocate of closer ties between Israelis and Palestinians.