Trump assures Abbas Israeli-Palestinian peace

16 May, 2017, 10:06 | Author: Malcolm Fuller

President Donald Trump welcomes Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

"Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians", Trump, would cast himself as a master deal-maker, said, "let's see if we can prove them wrong, OK?" It's something, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years.

"It's a great honor to have President Abbas with us", President Trump said, according to the pool report.

Peace talks have repeatedly failed to resolve the decades-old conflict.

It's the result of a meeting at the White House between President Trump and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

"I look much forward to working with you in order to come to that historical agreement, historic deal to bring about peace", Abbas replied, speaking through a translator. And if you believe the Times of Israel's founding editor David Horovitz, you will think it all went down so well for Abbas, that Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu will have some very sleepless nights.

Trump also outlined his administration's efforts to create new economic opportunities for Palestinians through a "positive, ongoing partnership" between the USA and the PA "on a range of issues", including private sector development, regional security and counterterrorism.

"We will get this done", Trump vowed. U.S. officials said such a request was raised in preparatory talks with Palestinian officials, and three Republican senators urged a halt to such payments in a letter to Trump that reflected widespread opinion in Congress. Israel also opposes Palestinian demands on refugees and stakes its claim on an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

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Despite bleak prospects for success, President Donald Trump promised on Wednesday "to do whatever is necessary" to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely criticized Abbas for "continuing to transfer money to the families of terrorists".

When the two leaders delivered a joint statement in front of the cameras, Trump recalled how Abbas signed the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn 24 years ago, "an agreement which laid the foundations for peace".

Trump has also pressed Netanyahu to hold back on new settlements in the occupied West Bank to avoid additional complications in any negotiations.

Trump also said that he wanted to highlight the cooperation between the United States and The Palestinian Authority in many different aspects, including security and economic issues.

Abbas needs Trump's support to legitimize his power, and Ross encouraged Trump to press Abbas to make concessions, such as ceasing sending money to jailed Palestinians who had killed Israelis.

The meeting with Mr Abbas, the Western-backed head of the Palestinian Authority, was another test of whether Mr Trump, in office a little more than 100 days, is serious about pursuing what he has called the "ultimate deal" of Israeli-Palestinian peace that eluded his predecessors.

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