Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Erekat condemns Israel for holding cabinet meeting under Al Aqsa Mosque

Erekat condemns Israel for holding cabinet meeting under Al Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his call for the establishment of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital during his 45-minute encounter with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday.

As for follow-up, "The one thing that it probably will be is quiet and discreet", the official said.

Although some Palestinians told reporters they believed Trump came across as pro-Israel during his visit, Jacobson said he believed Trump was "reasonably balanced and did not play into the right wing in Israel who want to make a two-state solution impossible".

East Jerusalem, where the most important Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious sites are located, is considered occupied Palestinian territory under worldwide law. President Trump's powerful message of the choice between "good and evil" accurately portrayed this historical moment.

During his first overseas trip, Trump delivered a speech Sunday in Saudi Arabia that urged Islamic leaders to "drive out" terrorists, and on a visit Monday to Israel, became the first sitting US president to pray at the Western Wall.

Trump labelled Bethlehem, "a precious city" and said he intended "to do everything he could" to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. In a short side trip to Bethlehem, Trump said he was "gratified" that Abbas "was committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology".

Thanks to Obama's do-nothing approach in the Middle East, Iran and Russian Federation filled the void, supplying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with weapons to fight a bloody civil war and commit atrocities against his people like gassing women and children.

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Apart from the economic side and the Israeli-Palestinian issue, his trip was important as it categorically indicated that the new USA president aims to isolate Iran, which has reelected President Hassan Rouhani and showed eagerness towards reforms and avoid global sanctions. Still, White House officials had downplayed the prospects for a breakthrough on this trip, saying it was important to manage their ambitions as they wade into terrain that has tripped up more experienced diplomats.

"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of the two-state solution". "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said.

President Donald Trump decried the "evil losers" who carried out the attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. "I will call them from now on losers because that's what they are".

Israel, meanwhile, has always been alarmed by Iranian calls for its destruction, Iran's development of long-range missiles capable of striking Israel and Iran's pursuit of a nuclear program.

Dan Shapiro, the former US ambassador to Israel, said on a conference call Tuesday with the Israel Policy Forum that Trump left Israelis across the political spectrum feeling happy.

There are concerns among the pro-Israel community that Trump may not fulfill his campaign promise and reportedly intends to keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv for at least another six months.

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