Trump Vows 'To Do Everything I Can' to Achieve Middle East Peace

The Israeli right welcomed the lack of reference to two- state solution or creation of a Palestinian state in Trump's speech much to the disappointment of several Palestinians.

President Donald Trump called for a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian relations after he met Tuesday in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Trump told Netanyahu at the prime minister's residence "we want Israeli to have peace and praised Netanyahu for "working very hard at it. But with determination, compromise, and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", he said".

"We all know that".

On Monday, Trump noted that his administration's two leaders on the issue - Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Israeli Ambassador David Friedman - both left behind plum private sector jobs due to their belief in the possibility of peace.

Husam Zumlot, a former adviser to Abbas who is now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides. "The only question is when nations will decide that they have had enough, enough bloodshed, enough killing. But they're losers. Just remember that", he said. "I know you heard it before".

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks during a joint statment with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin at the President's House on May 22, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel.

The speech - which offered no concrete proposals for Israel-Palestinian peace - brought to a close the second leg of his first foreign trip that has focused on bringing together the world's religions in an effort to combat terrorism.

The meeting was followed by a brief press conference after which Trump left Bethlehem to visit the Israel Museum and Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

"President Abbas assures me he is ready to work towards that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has promised the same". Abbas's Fatah party is at sharp odds with the Islamist group Hamas, which is in power in Gaza, leaving no unified Palestinian position on peace. They were all saying I did.

Hundreds of stone-throwing youths clashed with Israeli soldiers firing tear gas and rubber bullets. In solidarity with captives, Palestinians in Jerusalem announced a strike on Tuesday.

"If peace means that Israel can no longer retain its nature as a Jewish state, if peace means they have to give up control of Jerusalem, if that's peace, that's not peace".

"Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction".

He pressed again for 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital "as well as resolving the entire final status issues based on worldwide law and global 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".

  • Leroy Wright