Despite Terror Concerns, Trump Confident He Can Broker Peace Between Israelis, Palestinians
- Author: Leroy Wright May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 17:34
The US president promised to do "whatever is necessary" to facilitate an agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis, who "must work together to reach an agreement that allows both peoples to live, worship and thrive and prosper in peace".
As CBS2's Andrea Grymes reported, Abbas lauded Trump's "courageous stewardship" and his negotiating skills, saying peace is achievable.
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.
"We believe that we can.be true partners to you to bring about a historic peace under your stewardship".
"If I could whisper in Trump's ear, I would say don't make mistakes like Obama or [former secretary of state John] Kerry, who thought the Israel-Palestinian conflict was the core problem in the Middle East", Ya'alon said.
USA lawmakers have warned that Palestinian funding could be cut off unless Abbas halts PLO stipends to families of prisoners whom Israel considers terrorists but many Palestinians see as heroes. "We will get it done", Trump said in brief joint remarks with Abbas in the White House Roosevelt Room.
Trump and Abbas also discussed ways to enhance security cooperation to assist the Palestinians in countering terrorism, as well as stimulating the Palestinian economy.
03 de mayo de 2017, 19:27Washington, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The President of the United States, Donald Trump, offered today to mediate in the search for a peace agreement between Palestine and Israel.
Trump's long-shot effort to bring Middle East peace got off to a rocky start when he appeared to back away from supporting a Palestinian state and vowed to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, breaking two tenets of American policy held for decades. Trump invited Abbas, 82, to the White House as part of his efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Trump affirmed that he hopes to "start a process" for peace negotiations and said that he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about jump starting peace talks.
And perhaps the most problematic aspect of the optimism from Trump, as is the case with a lot of his other major promises is that he is offering no specifics on how he's going to pull that off, beyond his own assessment of his abilities as a negotiator.
Trump extended his support to the Palestinian leader, saying that he wants Abbas to be the person who signs his name to the final and most important peace agreement that brings safety, stability, and prosperity to both peoples and to the region.
"We want to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians", Trump said. Abbas affirmed that he is hopeful that the new U.S. administration can broker a peace deal "based upon 67 borders".
Trump and Abbas were to spend much of the day together at the White House.
Nevertheless, senior Hamas official Khaled Mashaal, who presented the document at Monday's press conference, stressed that the new document does not recognize the Jewish state of Israel.
Trump vowed to work as a "mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" to help bring "peace between the Israelis and Palestinians".
"Mr. President, it's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land after 50 years", he continued.
Trump, while sounding hopeful about a peace deal, warned that "any agreement can not be imposed by the United States".
"There can be no lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violate, and violence, and hate", the president said.