Trump promises peace effort as he meets Palestinian president in Bethlehem
- Author: Leroy Wright May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 5:07
He touched on what has become a common theme throughout his Israel visit, asserting, "If Israelis and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace throughout the Middle East".
Speaking at a press conference alongside Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Trump said: "I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families - so many families - of the victims". "It (the intent of peace) is a declaration that was seen as naive and messianic and vaguely anti-Israeli when Obama dared make it, so it perplexes Israelis to hear Trump promote peace as a realistic option", says the article.
For years, Netanyahu has argued that bilateral talks between Ramallah and Jerusalem are unlikely to yield a final-status peace deal.
The Palestinian leader affirmed his willingness to cooperate with the USA administration to conclude a historic peace agreement with Israel.
The UK prime minister, Theresa May, is chairing a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee on this morning.
Trump said that he will exert all possible efforts to achieve a peace deal between Palestinians and Israelis, stressing that "he is looking forward to working with President Abbas to support Palestinian economy". "[Trump] understands this is the most famous and longest intractable conflict in the world, and understands the prestige that would come along with real progress [toward peace]", Aaron Mann, associate director of communications and public engagement for Americans for Peace Now is quoted as saying.
In planning for Trump's visit to Israel, the US delegation rejected a request that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accompany him to the Western Wall, telling the Israelis it is "not your territory".
Calling this a "very frightful morning of death", Trump urged other nations to join the United States in combating global terrorism. Then, the entire Arab and Muslim world will normalize relations with Israel.
Abbas repeatedly called for a 2-state solution. So far, he has not uttered the words "Palestinian state" in any of his appearances since he landed at Ben Gurion on Monday.
A soldier stands guard over the route of President Trump's motorcade after his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017. "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice".
On the other side of the barrier, a large sign bearing photographs of Mr Trump and Mr Abbas against a backdrop of American and Palestinian flags greeted the USA president.
"Hope you know what we think of you, Mister President", it said.