Trump wants Mideast peace 'compromise' but says won't be easy

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated today, to his United States counterpart Donald Trump, his commitment to reaching a historic peace agreement with Israel.

During their White House talks, Trump praised Abbas, and said he looked forward to working with him to pursue peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

While in Israel, Mr. Trump met with the country's president and prime minister, and he traveled to the West Bank for talks with the Palestinian Authority's president.

Some speculated Donald Trump only reached for his wife's hand after he noticed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was holding hands with his wife as the two couples walked down the red carpet together.

The two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories forms part of Mr Trump's first foreign trip as U.S. president.

Trump campaigned on a pledge of moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel's capital, but has since retreated. "I like you, too", Trump said in response.

The parts of the speech offering a robust defence of Israel drew loud applause, which seemed to energise Trump on the second leg of his first foreign trip since taking office.

At the same time, Abbas and the Palestinians have been pleasantly surprised by their dealings with Trump.

Earlier Tuesday, a senior Palestinian official said he expected Trump's visit to result in renewed peace negotiations. "Everyone says they want peace".

But in his public remarks, Trump steered clear of any such language, and did not mention what has been the goal of USA diplomacy for two decades: a state of Israel and an independent Palestinian state co-existing side-by-side.

BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territory - President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned the "evil losers" responsible for a deadly attack on concert-goers in England and called on leaders in the Middle East in particular to help root out violence.

Abbas said he was keen to "keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbours".

They compared them to other USA first couples.

In this regard, referring to Trump's visit to the Old City of Jerusalem, Abbas explained that 'the problem is not between us and Judaism, but between us (the Palestinians) and the Israeli occupation'.

"It seems President Trump is bringing a new atmosphere of friendship and understanding that the common enemy is radical Shiite Islam, which is Iran".

He told reporters he never mentioned Israel in the meeting.

  • Leroy Wright