Trump hopeful for Israel-Palestine peace
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 22:07
He met multiple times with Netanyahu, and said in a joint appearance with the prime minister Tuesday, "I can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace - and, from my meeting with my friend Benjamin Netanyahu, I can tell you Israelis are ready to reach for peace as well".
Trump is to meet Abbas at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, which holds deep significance as the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.
President Trump said he is "personally committed to helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a peace agreement".
Trump's schedule Tuesday also includes a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and a speech.
BETHLEHEM: US President Donald Trump arrived for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday as they seek ways to renew Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
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While both Netanyahu and Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to manoeuvre and strike a deal.
Abbas, who has seen his political support from his constituents as well as support for the Oslo Accords weaken, reiterated a willingness to accept the two-state solution and the 1967 borders.
"In this spirit of hope, we come to Bethlehem, asking God for a more peaceful, safe, and far more tolerant world for all of us".
Following the incident, Hazan wasn't invited to the welcome ceremony as Likud politicians said he "caused a great embarrassment to Netanyahu".
He pressed again for 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital "as well as resolving the entire final status issues based on global law and worldwide long-term resolutions, and respecting side agreements, which sets the tone for the implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative in accordance with what has been reaffirmed in the most recent Arab Summit in Jordan".
In its official itinerary for Trump's visit to Israel and the disputed territories, the White House referred to Abbas as the leader of "Palestine", which could be construed as a form of recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
"Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed", Trump said.
The White House live feed of the president's remarks in a west Jerusalem location on Monday was identified as coming from Jerusalem, Israel.
Israelis have experienced firsthand terror, President Trump said, adding that Islamic State threatens Jewish institutions. "Standing next to you, President Abbas condemned the horrific attack in Manchester", Netanyahu added.
Several dozen young Israeli men, some holding Israeli flags, marched toward the Old City's Damascus Gate on their way to the Western Wall when they encountered a group of Palestinian protesters.
"The root of the matter is the stubborn, violent refusal of the Palestinian side to accept the Jewish state - and the capital of the Jews - in any borders", he said.