Donald Trump US President arrives for talks with Palestinian leader in Bethlehem

Donald Trump has met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as the U.S. president seeks to restart peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

During their White House talks, Trump praised Abbas, and said he looked forward to working with him to pursue peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Both Israeli and Palestinian spectators were listening closely for any signal that Trump had shifted his language or agenda to accommodate the creation of a "Palestinian state" as part of a possible plan to kick-start peace talks between the two sides.

Trump told Abbas during the press conference, "I want you to be the Palestinian leader to sign the final agreement with Israel".

However, the president remained silent on the subject, though he said that he was "truly hopeful" about America's role in helping Israel and the Palestinians forge peace.

Rubio also said that if reports that Trump asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election are true, that could impact the future relationship between the White House and the intelligence community.

Netanyahu offered nothing more than a few modest gestures like extending the hours at the border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, recycled from previous moments in the long-running dispute with the Palestinians. "I think it is a very noble endeavor".

"I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families - so many families of the victims".

"The prospects of their uniting to do something to try to reduce their differences with Israel. creates an opportunity", Mitchell said Monday on CNN.

One point of contention is the fate of occupied East Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967.

President Trump stressed the deep and longstanding ties between the USA and Israel during a speech in Jerusalem this morning.

Khaldi says that "this visit will open the way for relaunching the peace process".

Detainees carry on the battle of freedom and dignity in the Israeli jails, in request for their basic demands which are denied by the prisons' administration, and which was achieved previously through embarking many hunger strikes.

On Monday, Palestinians also held a general strike in support of the prisoners.

Clashes have broken out between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces as Israeli demonstrators march through the Old City of Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of the city's eastern half.

"Millions of wonderful and handsome lives - men, women and children - were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people", he said.

  • Leroy Wright