Monday, 20 November, 2017

President Trump Is Confident That Israel And Palestine Will Find Peace

Craig Ferguson | 17 May, 2017, 13:32

"I look forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace", Netanyahu added.

Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting. It also included a two-minute video compilation of the meeting between Trump and Abbas including their handshake, and a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, according to Hareetz.

Abbas insisted he is committed to peace, but he made clear Palestinian demands for a separate state based on borders that existed before the 1967 Mideast war, a capital in east Jerusalem and the return of Palestinian refugees.

Mr Netanyahu rejects the 1967 frontier as a baseline for border talks and rules out a partition of Jerusalem where Palestinians hope to establish a capital.

Mr Abbas said he believes the Trump administration can play an important role as a mediator.

It was noticeable that unlike the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House, no questions were allowed to be asked of President Trump or President Abbas.

"Trump neglected all the promises and the context of the speeches of his predecessors, mainly in relation to backing the two-state solution to resolve the conflict between the two sides that has been going on for so many decades", said Awwad.

Trump s long-shot effort to bring Middle East peace got off to a rocky start when he appeared to back away from supporting a Palestinian state and vowed to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, breaking two tenets of American policy held for decades.

President Trump deleted a tweet that he posted to his account in which he said it was "an honor" to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House.

Donald Trump has said he does not think brokering peace in the Middle East will be as hard as people think.

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"You can't just pretend you only have to handle a few key issues and that's it", said David Makovsky, a member of Obama's negotiating team during the last talks, which collapsed in 2014.

"We believe Israel is willing". That has sparked speculation about a meeting of the three.

In lieu of moving the embassy, some in the administration had floated the idea of the new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, living in Jerusalem instead of the official residence in a Tel Aviv suburb. I have no idea if Trump was getting a simultaneous translation when Abbas was talking, but watch his body language. But it was far less chummy than the way Trump and Netanyahu interacted in February.

"This is a historic opportunity to pressure find an equitable solution for the Palestinian people", he told CNN.

"We want to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians and we will achieve that..."

He told the radio station that the Palestinian prisoners were victims of Israel's control over the West Bank.

Efforts to enlist Israel's Sunni Arab neighbours, who share Israeli concerns about Shi'ite Iran, to help rejuvenate peacemaking, have yet to yield results.

Trump has until June 1 to sign a six-month deferral that every president since 1995 has used twice a year to perpetually forestall the move.

Despite his pro-Israeli campaign trail rhetoric, since entering the White House Mr Trump has caught some Israeli hard-liners off guard with the suggestion the Netanyahu coalition government should "hold back" on settlement building, and his administration has equivocated over whether the U.S. embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as promised.


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