Trump is in Bethlehem for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
- Author: Leroy Wright May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 22:36
While several small groups of Palestinians protests against the United States leaders visit demanding his intervention on the issue of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, banners hailing the American President as "Man of Peace" were also seen around the city.
He believes that the most important result of Trump's visit is recognising the occupation, and he [Trump] refused to accompany any Israeli official to the Nativity Church. This is the problem with the two-state solution. Israel and the Palestinians have not held peace talks for three years and Mr Trump acknowledges it would be "one of the toughest deals of all" to broker.
"If Israelis and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace throughout the Middle East", he said without elaborating on any plans to restart talks.
"I would like to reiterate our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge an historic peace deal with the Israelis", he said, speaking through an interpreter. "Today, this right, ultra-right-wing government has frozen settlement construction and has given Palestinians construction in Area C", Herzog said, referring to recent moves by Netanyahu's conservative governing coalition.
"And my meeting with my very good friend Benjamin - I can tell you also that he is reaching for peace".
After greeting Trump with a firm handshake, Hazan whipped out his phone and said: "I wish I could do a selfie with you".
"The two leaders commended the Riyadh summit's condemnation of terrorism and extremism and pledged to work together to defeat terrorist organizations", the release said.
A longtime businessman, Mr Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal" and has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner and former real estate lawyer Jason Greenblatt with charting a course forward.
After meeting with Abbas, Trump will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where he will lay a wreath and deliver brief remarks.
"Iran calls for the destruction of Israel. We just got back from Saudi Arabia", Trump said in the video while hesitantly looking at Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.