Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump envisions Israeli-Palestinian peace after talks with Abbas, Netanyahu

Trump also said he believes it is possible for the Israelis and the Palestinians to reach a peace deal and that he would continue to work with both sides.

President Donald Trump in the major address of his visit to Israel called for a coalition of nations to fight against extremism and insisted that both Israel and the Palestinians are ready for peace.

Expressing optimism that a peace deal could finally be brokered to end the almost 70-year-old conflict and suggested a resolution may not be hard to obtain it. "I know you've heard it before".

To be clear: No one has reported that Trump did name Israel when speaking with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador to the United States.

Trump portrayed himself during his presidential campaign as something of an artist when it comes to negotiations and has billed peace between Israelis and Palestinians as his "ultimate deal".

During his presidential campaign, Trump advocated breaking with decades of precedent and moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeply alarming Palestinians.

Who is Trump, Israelis could have said, to tell Netanyahu that he wasn't welcome to accompany him to the Western Wall, which is considered a national icon of Israel?

"If Israeli and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East".

Trump acknowledged that Israel and Jews throughout the world are targeted by Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic State and Iran, who the president said "will not have nuclear weapons".

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio "not optimistic" on Middle East peace DHS extends protected status for Haitians for six months Congress should let local communities set their own PACE MORE (R-Fla.) said Tuesday that he is not optimistic about reaching a long-term peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, despite President Trump's vocal intention to try. "King Salman feels very strongly and, I can tell you, would love to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians".

Abbas said he would "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors", but called on those neighbors to respect Palestinian self-determination. "There has been nothing entered into with the arms sales agreements with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia or any of the other countries that do not fully allow us to fulfill our commitments to Israel and the longstanding security arrangements we have with Israel".

"And as you said this morning, Mr. President, funding and rewarding terrorism must end".

"Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", Trump said, possibly referring the issue.

In what may concern peace advocates, he did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global efforts and US Middle East diplomacy.

Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza launched a general strike Monday to protest President Trump's visit and to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

"We want Trump to intervene on the Israeli side so the demands of the prisoners can be met", the PA's Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Qaraqe told The Times of Israel.

It turns out Trump supporters are sticking by their guy not despite the media's laser focus on the administration's scandals, but perhaps because of them.

"Meters from here and everywhere around Palestine, mothers suffer from being denied visits to their children. I demand from the Israeli government to meet these humane, legitimate demands", Abbas argued.

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