Lauder praises Trump for underscoring Jewish people's historic ties to Jerusalem
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:45
"The freedom and independence of the Palestinian people is the key to peace and stability in our region and the world, so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a secure, stable and prosperous future". As regards reigniting peace talks, this is just the beginning and the United States administration is finding its feet. We all know that.
The two-state solution has always been the cornerstone of USA policy in the region, and is widely regarded as the only settlement that both sides could realistically accept.
Nathan Thrall from the International Crisis Group and author of a new book on past Israeli-Palestinian peace talks agreed that "there was nothing substantive in Trump's public comments".
He also faces difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing Mr James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director two weeks ago. The latest round of peace talks in 2014, involving then-President Barack Obama and John Kerry, his secretary of state, failed to reach a deal. "King Salman feels very strongly and, I can tell you, would love to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians".
On Monday, after many viral and freakish moments in Saudi Arabia during his first foreign tour, Trump landed in Tel Aviv, Israel. Trump's rhetoric matches the reality on the ground: Since Israel is one of the top recipients of USA military aid, negotiators won't see Washington as a neutral party even if the US would like to assume that role.
This could have been interpreted as recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the holy city, despite Trump himself never affirming a change in USA policy.
Trump also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, and left what many noted was a brief message compared to his predecessor's.
Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of USA and worldwide precedent.
"Many of us were holding our breath, wondering if he was going to do something that would inflame the situations in Saudi Arabia or Israel", Sutton said.
Vatican was the third stop on the global tour of President Trump and the FLOTUS.
At the same time, his verbal commitment to tackling arguably the world's most intractable conflict has not been matched by bold ideas or new initiatives. "We are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life".
"President Abbas assures me he is ready to work towards that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same", Mr. Trump said. While Israel's population might not be as homogeneously Arab as the other countries it borders in the region, it's still in the Middle East. Trump, who just flew roughly over 1,000 km from the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to Jerusalem in Israel, revealed his ignorance while speaking to Israeli ministers.
The president's historic decision to become the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, was a highly symbolic political and personal gesture. Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital, although the worldwide community does not recognize it as such and foreign embassies are located in Tel Aviv.
He also called on the Israeli government to meet the demands of Palestinian hunger strikers.
Netanyahu has expressed tentative support for parts of the initiative, but there are many caveats on the Israeli side, including how to resolve the ever more complex refugee issue and whether Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights, strategic territory that Israel took from Syria in the 1967 war.