Good chance for Middle East peace deal

Trump's spending proposal for fiscal 2018 would pour more than $1 billion in extra funding into public and private school-choice programs.

Abbas expressed hope that a peace deal could be reached during the Trump administration and applauded the president's "great negotiating ability".

Trump renounced support for a Palestinian state and vowed to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, breaking two tenets of American policy held for decades. They learned soon enough the complicated dynamics that have endured over a half-century of struggle. It's a deal he thinks might be easier to pull off than most people think.

Trump said he was committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement but that any agreement could not be imposed by the United States.

"It's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land after 50 years", Abbas said. "We are the only remaining people in the world that still live under occupation", and his people "want for Israel to recognize the Palestinian state, just as the Palestinian people recognize the state of Israel".

Abbas praised Trump as a "deal maker" who could make it happen.

Trump said any agreement can not be imposed by the United States, "or by any other nation", but said he hopes to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

In February, Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and broke with decades of USA policy by signaling he might be open to a one-state solution.

Optimism is not high in the region.

"Whenever there is a vacuum, the worst forces fill it", Ross said during a talk at the Washington Institute, a research center dedicated to Middle East policy.

"Mr. President, you signed your name to the first Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement", he said.

It's something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson called it "a historic opportunity because there are a number of positive conditions in place".

That move would likely spark Palestinian fury and is privately seen by many in the Israel and U.S. security establishments as needlessly inflammatory.

"The two leaders discussed the value of actions that can help create a climate conducive to tangible progress toward peace", it said.

"There's such hatred", Trump said.

03 de mayo de 2017, 16:04Washington, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said today in this capital that it was time for Israel to put an end to occupation of Palestinian territories and reiterated the need for a negotiated solution to the conflict between both countries, based on the concept of two States.

Wednesday's press conference took place before the two had a working luncheon with a U.S. and Palestinian delegation. "But we will be working diligently, and I think there's a very, very good chance, and I think you feel the same way".

  • Leroy Wright