Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Committed to do everything to achieve Israel-Palestine peace deal: Donald Trump


US President Donald Trump has arrived in Bethlehem to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in hopes of restarting stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Let's get this out of the way first: Israel and Saudi Arabia are both in the Middle East.

A succession of USA presidents have attempted to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians, whose modern-day conflict dates to the 1948 establishment of the Jewish state, and all have failed.

Trump went on to say that he is "personally committed" to helping Israel and Palestinians reach a lasting peace, acknowledging that promises for such a deal have been made but, in an apparent reference to his record of dealmaking in business, he said, "That's what I do".

In remarks to media after their meeting on Monday Benjamin Netanyahu also described the election of his United States counterpart as a new cause for hope in reviving long-stalled peace talks. "He loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people".

"We know both Israelis and Palestinians seek lives of hope for their children, we know peace is possible if we put aside pain and disagreement of past and commit together to resolving crisis", said Mr. Trump.

Thank you for such a wonderful and unforgettable visit, Prime Minister @Netanyahu and @PresidentRuvi.

Trump has struck an increasingly optimistic tone on the prospects for peace in recent days, insisting that he is sensing a shift in the region that could draw Arab countries closer to Israel and create more favorable conditions for peace. We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people and in today's attack it was mostly innocent children.

President Trump called Tuesday for "all civilized nations" to unite against terrorism and "obliterate this evil ideology", citing the deadly Manchester attack to underscore the central message of his foreign trip as he concluded a visit to the Holy Land.

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That's not a tactic worthy of the American president", he said. "And usually the president has a few options on the table". Trump has also been accused of sharing sensitive information supplied by Israel with top Russian diplomats.

Trump was considering making that bold announcement during his trip here, but backed off fulfilling that pledge amid a torrent of warnings from USA foreign policy officials and Arab diplomats, who said such a move would hinder peace efforts and set off tensions in the region. Making peace will not be easy.

Much of the speech was dedicated to affirming "the unshakable bond" between the US and Israel. But I think that our process - right now, we have a very good idea what that will be.

Abbas has also agreed to work towards a two-state solution, which is not supported by the majority of Palestinians.

Despite a series of economic incentives approved on Sunday by the Israeli cabinet, the U.S. wants to see greater concessions to the Palestinian Authority and views the recent measures as insufficient, Channel 10 reported Wednesday.

"Respect for all religions is an inherent part of our beliefs", he said. He said that the Palestinians' problem is with the occupation and Israel's position of not recognising the Palestinian state.

Later on Tuesday, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and give a speech at the Israel Museum before wrapping up his two-day stop.

Speaking alongside him at Jerusalem's Israel Museum, the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said: "It's our job to make sure that they continue to lose", as world leaders were united yesterday in condemnation.

"It seems President Trump is bringing a new atmosphere of friendship and understanding that the common enemy is radical Shiite Islam, which is Iran".

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