Donald Trump's Middle East Comment in Israel
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 5:17
"The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace". "I intend to do everything I can to help achieve that goal". National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told a Senate panel: "I don't feel it's appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president". I am telling you - that's what I do - they are ready to reach for peace. And it's so interesting that our meeting took place on this very terrible morning of death to innocent young people. He also made the same statement about Netanyahu, making clear not only to Abbas, but also to reluctant right-wing members of the prime minister's coalition, that behind closed doors Netanyahu has expressed his willingness to relaunch the peace process.
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.
The President has struck an increasingly optimistic tone on the prospects for peace in recent days, insisting that he is sensing a shift in the region that could draw Arab countries closer to Israel and create more favorable conditions for peace.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas declared his readiness to cooperate with the American administration to make a historical deal for peace in the region and counter terrorism.
But the reality remains that both sides are stressing different things.
He has called an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement "the ultimate deal", but has been vague about what form it should take. The Israeli settlements, status of Jerusalem or whether the U.S. would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory were not discussed.
Former Israeli ambassador to the Uniyed States Zalman Shoval says Trump's stop at the Western Wall sends a powerful message to the Palestinians, who deny Jewish biblical and historical ties to Jerusalem.
Trump warned of Iran's escalating presence in the region. "There is a moment to seize".
The President said that only when remembering the families "torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that awful darkness and evil, who endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating". "The fundamental problem we have here is the definition of peace", the Florida Republican told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day". The PA, however, does not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and has repeatedly refused to do so.
Those prisoners were arrested by Israel as it is trying to impose its control over the land and the people, and they are part of the 800,000 Palestinians who were arrested since 1967. "He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the US would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory. I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an wonderful accomplishment", Trump argued. "I look forward to working with these leaders toward a lasting peace", the USA president said. "The only question is when nations will decide that they have had enough - enough bloodshed, enough killing", Trump said.