Palestine boils as Trump meets Abbas
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 17:59
Since his remarks during the Abbas visit and especially since it was announced that Trump would visit Israel during his first worldwide trip as president less than four months after taking office - his predecessors Obama and Bush both visited Israel during their second term - there has been speculation about whether the president would use his Israel trip to officially re-launch the stalled US initiative to broker a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.
Soon after taking office, Trump dispatched an envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to the region to meet with both Israelis and Palestinians.
Trump has spoken of reaching the "ultimate deal" - Israeli-Palestinian peace - brushing off years of failed attempts by his predecessors.
Trump added this statement to the remarks prepared for him, in effect tying the future of the anti-Iran coalition to the Palestinian issue despite Netanyahu's longtime efforts to unlink the two.
Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of USA and global precedent.
"Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon", Trump said, standing beside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
"We are waiting for the USA government to become intellectually stable", said Rouhani. Trump did not formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as some Israeli officials hoped he would do since he had already shelved for now his promise to move the US Embassy here from Tel Aviv.
The wall is part of a project begun in 2002 during the second Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, that is to extend some 700 kilometres once completed.
"The big message from his trip to Israel is that Trump is going to be quite different than advertised", he said.
Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump feels now is a "moment in time" when a breakthrough is possible.
Abbas called on Israel to accept the demands for better conditions by hundreds of imprisoned Palestinians who have been on a hunger strike for 37 days.
Wearing a skullcap, Trump took part in a brief ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and paid his respects to the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators.
The President of the United States said he stood in "absolute solidarity" with the people of the United Kingdom on a "horrible morning of death".
Even the dovish Israeli Labour Party, which won major public support for peace initiatives in the early 1990s, has stopped using the word in recent political campaigns, preferring to talk instead about "diplomatic agreements" and a goal of "separation" from the Palestinians.
"In my visit to Saudi Arabia, I met with many leaders of the Arab and Muslim world". She repeated Trump's campaign line that the embassy should be moved.
Nor did he publicly press Israel to curb settlement construction in the West Bank as Palestinians hoped.
Security in Jerusalem was on high alert with more than 10,000 patrol units involved in securing the two-day visit, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of United States and worldwide precedent.
Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967. Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital, although the global community does not recognize it as such and foreign embassies are located in Tel Aviv. "Real and just peace including the end of the occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel will come from the initiative of both nations, not from someone who wants to promote his own country at the expense of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".