Trump praises Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, does not mention two-state solution

Despite rumors this would be the case, former US ambassador Dan Shapiro said it would be a surprise if Ivanka and Melania Trump had opted to pray with the president.

Trump also expressed an even loftier hope than an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement: "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an unbelievable accomplishment". He's taken a tougher line on settlements, saying he doesn't believe they help the peace process, though he's stopped short of calling for a full construction freeze. He also said that he is looking forward to working with those two leaders to achieve sustainable peace and to work with president Abbas on several important issues, such as confronting terrorism and using available capabilities to develop the Palestinian economy.

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.

"In fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story; it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won, '" Trump said.

During his meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday and in speeches throughout the day, President Donald Trump notably omitted any mention of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He's also backed away from his campaign pledge to move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, Ma'an reports separately, "Palestinian activists set up an effigy representing Palestinian prisoners in front of the Nativity Church in Bethlehem", anticipating a possible visit from Trump.

Israel's economy minister wants to boost the Jewish state's exports to the USA over fivefold by the end of this decade.

Mr. Trump paid $38 million dollars even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million dollars, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that.

After his meeting with Abbas, Trump returned to Jerusalem to pay tribute to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Trump arrived at the Presidential palace in Bethlehem in the morning after travelling there by auto from Jerusalem.

Trump's remarks came during his first foreign trip as president, a sweep of five countries over nine days. "We must seize them together".

The visit raised questions whether the U.S. would say the site is Israeli territory.

"The two leaders agreed that this attack -which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event - was particularly wanton and depraved", the White House said. Mr Trump himself never commented.

  • Leroy Wright