Trump, Abbas Discuss Ways to Make Progress in Israeli-Palestinian Talks

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to cooperate during their meeting in Israel on combating terrorism, the White House stated on Tuesday, APA reports quoting USA media.

And it is the ongoing effort in the South Hebron hills by about 300 Israeli, Palestinian and diaspora Jewish activists to rebuild the former Palestinian village of Sarura - to reclaim the land for Palestinians - by establishing a Freedom Camp there.

JOHN YANG: Later, speaking in Jerusalem, Mr. Trump acknowledged there would be hurdles.

I am telling you - that's what I do - they are ready to reach for peace.

"We all know that".

Trump's statement was largely interpreted in Israel as a sharp rebuke to the Palestinian Authority (PA) practice of paying salaries to jailed Palestinians and to the families of those who were killed while trying to carry out attacks against Israel.

He added, "From the Palestinian leadership's perspective, I don't think their definition of peace fits within what most of us at least here in Congress and in the United States would define as peace".

He however offered no specifics on how he planned to make progress in resolving a conflict that has bedevilled his predecessors and with widespread scepticism over whether meaningful talks are possible for now.

"What's happened with Iran has brought numerous parts of the Middle East toward Israel", Trump said in public remarks at a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

After mentioning threats to Israel from Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran, he said, "not with Donald J. Trump", drawing enthusiastic applause. "Big, big, handsome difference", Trump said to loud applause from his audience, which included members of Netanyahu's Cabinet and other officials. There was Trump breezing through the West Bank for an hour-long photo-op, mumbling platitudes about peace, oblivious of widespread protests, sit-ins, ongoing abuses and the hunger strike of 1,500 Palestinian prisoners denied all basic human rights. Trump also laid a wreath and spoke at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem yesterday.

President Trump just landed in Rome, the next destination on the president's four-nation, five-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe, after wrapping up a two-day visit to Israel.

Melania Trump has once again appeared to ignore husband USA president Donald Trump's hand-holding advances, this time in Italy.

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

The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.The president was joined on the visit by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who went to the wall shortly after Trump and said prayers. He met multiple times with Netanyahu, and said in a joint appearance with the prime minister Tuesday, "I can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace - and, from my meeting with my friend Benjamin Netanyahu, I can tell you Israelis are ready to reach for peace as well".

But it also attracted the anger of some internet users, especially in the right-wing Likud party of which Hazan and Netanyahu are both members. "I won't call them monsters, because they would like that term. I will call them, from now on, losers because that's what they are: losers", he said.

Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct talks for more than three years and Trump acknowledged it was "one of the toughest deals of all". A banner hung in the city said "the city of peace welcomes the man of peace". And Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who donated millions of dollars to support Trump's campaign and then his inauguration, were seated just behind the stage, near first lady Melania Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Rather, due to claims to the city from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the global community has largely supported calls for direct negotiations between the two parties as to the final status of the city.

Protesting Trump in the West Bank; the sign slams USA policy "shameful to humanity".

He has since said the move was still being looked at.

Abbas underlined that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was not based on religion.

The most high-profile moment of Trump's stay in Jerusalem was his visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit.

Israel annexed east Jerusalem and the contested Temple Mount, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. It is the physical embodiment of the Israeli claim to Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people.

  • Zachary Reyes