Palestinians Drop All Preconditions For Peace Talks With Israel

The main reason for Israel's disquiet relating to Mr. Trump's visit is his growing personal desire to oversee a comprehensive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

In his remarks, Erekat also warned against relocating the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

If Netanyahu hoped to score points by having Trump go against established protocol surrounding the Western Wall, he was disappointed, said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator who is president of the nonprofit U.S./Middle East Project.

The Trump team knows pressure tactics when it sees them, Levy added.

Having lived in Jerusalem during the visits of both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, I can not recall a similar level of anticipation and chatter regarding those presidential visits.

Obama, like some US presidents before him, was annoyed or worse by what his White House saw as Israeli intransigence and highhanded tactics. Israel reportedly gave the intelligence information to the United States that President Trump shared with Russian Federation officials at the White House last week.

The Wall stands in the Old City in the east of Jerusalem, which Israel captured during the 1967 Middle East war.

The Jerusalem Post notes that Trump will need to work to convince Israelis that he is on their side during his visit to the Holy Land next week.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has some words of advice for President Donald Trump as the incumbent embarks on his first overseas trip. These signs have been featured in news stories around the world and are a testament to the deep support President Donald Trump has in Israel.

To take my analysis one step further, I submit that it is against the USA security interest to broker a "peace" deal.

While Trump has articulated support for peace between the two sides, he has yet to explicitly endorse the creation of a fledgling Palestinian state, or join the global consensus supporting a two-state solution. The ZOA's Klein, in a separate statement, called Bauman, who served on the USA team during the 2013-2014 failed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, "pro-Hamas".

For Riyadh the visit is an opportunity to rebuild ties with a key ally, strained under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama who Sunni Arab Gulf states suspected of a tilt towards their Shiite regional rival Iran.

Donald Trump began his maiden worldwide trip as US president Friday, leaving the White House awash in a slew of controversies that has some politicians invoking comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon.

After negotiating that diplomatic minefield, Trump is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust Memorial.

Reporting that the hotel and its surrounding area "would become a virtual fortress", the Times of Israel said that all telephones and TVs in the suite would be replaced by USA security teams with devices specially flown in from the States. Netanyahu is not accompanying Trump to the Western Wall, and despite his wish that the two leaders make speeches alongside each other, reports now say that Netanyahu will merely make introductory remarks. "That is why there is a lot of anticipation of his visit".

Now, fire is being directed at Kris Bauman, whom McMaster named recently as his chief adviser on Israeli-Palestinian issues. He has since backed off any impending move over fears it would cause controversy and hinder peace talks with Palestine.

Criticism of Trump from the Jewish right, while growing, is nearly always accompanied by a caveat that Trump's Israel policies are better than those of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and praise for Trump for some of his appointments.

  • Leroy Wright