Trump moves to settle Israeli-Palestinian conflict

14 May, 2017, 02:33 | Author: Ora Austin
  • As Trump Prepares to Meet Abbas, Peace Deal Seems Far Off

U.S. President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he wants to reach a Middle East peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

"We will get it done", Trump said, flaunting his deal-making prowess during a first meeting with the veteran Palestinian leader that marked the start of an ambitious - some say quixotic - presidential effort. "Let's see if we can prove them wrong".

"We should all support this effort and do our best to seize this opportunity", he said. Trump said he has always heard that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians was the "toughest deal" to close. Abbas' spokesman, Nabil Abu-Rudeineh, said the Palestinian president would stress the need for advancing a process based on a two-state solution and the Arab Peace Initiative, the 2002 proposal that was ratified once again at the Arab League summit in late March.

Pence said Trump is "personally committed to resolving the Israeli and Palestinian conflict" and "valuable progress" is being made. USA officials said that Trump will most likely request that the Palestinian Authority stop funding terrorists and their families.

As CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported, Abbas lauded Trump's "courageous stewardship" and his negotiating skills, saying peace is achievable. "I would love to be a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator, and we will get this done".

Many of Trump's predecessors have tried to mediate the decadeslong conflict.

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Abbas assured Trump that Palestinians "are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace". 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. He said "it's about time" for Israel to stop occupying Palestinian lands and to recognize a Palestinian state. We will be working so hard to get it done.

Mr Abbas quickly reasserted the goal of a Palestinian state as vital to any rejuvenated peace process, reiterating that it must have its capital in Jerusalem with borders based on pre-1967 lines.

Mr Trump sparked worldwide criticism at the time when he appeared to back away from support for a two-state solution, saying he would leave it up to the parties themselves to decide.

The Palestinian embassy in Doha organised yesterday a stand of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, as the prisoners continue the battle of freedom and dignity (the battle of empty stomachs) by continuing their hunger strike. Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting.

In February, Trump had told Netanyahu that the road to peace included Israelis' willingness to "show some flexibility" and the Palestinians would have to acknowledge and reduce some of the "hate" for Israel.

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