Trump Wants to 'Move Fast' on Israel Peace Deal
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 20:57
Mr Trump's speech came after he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank earlier in the day.
Ahead of President Donald Trump's Israel visit, top Christian Zionist organizations and leaders called on the president to fulfill his election campaign promise to relocate the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite reports that Trump is unlikely to make the move in the near future.
"Trump did not say "Palestinian state"; "two-state solution"; "1967 lines"; "settlements"; "settlements as an obstacle to peace"; "refugees"; "occupation" or 'borders.'" He also didn't mention moving the embassy to Jerusalem, the paper notes.
Trump arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace.
He also commended the importance of the holding of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday.
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.
Nevertheless, Trump managed to do plenty of things during his visit. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life in order to boost confidence and create a genuine peace opportunity", the Palestinian president told his American counterpart. It also urges a "just settlement" of the Palestinian refugee problem.
Trump was also the first USA president to openly question the feasibility of the implementation of the Oslo Accords and by extension possibly of a two-state solution.
Washington-based Israel lobby AIPAC wrote, "We appreciate that the president went to the Jewish state as part of his first foreign trip in office - and he is the first sitting president to go to the Western Wall, near Judaism's holiest site. It's between us and occupation", Abbas said.
In the West Bank, where protesters are demonstrating solidarity with hunger striking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, the sentiment was similar. And their demands are humane and just.
"I would like to reiterate our commitment to cooperate with you in order to make peace and forge an historic peace deal with the Israelis", he said, speaking through an interpreter.
"I didn't expect a lot, and not a lot happened; when it comes to Trump, I'm pretty timid", said Amnon Ramon, a senior researcher with the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research.
During the last three days, Mr. Trump has made trailblazing and unprecedented gestures before the entire world demonstrating an unequivocal bond and affection for the Jewish people and for the Jewish State. It "should trouble us" that the USA signed a roughly $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia during Trump's trip, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
Other Israeli ministers sang from the same song sheet as Netanyahu, suggesting a coordinated government campaign to exploit the Manchester tragedy. Her iciness towards the president was famously recorded, where a GIF of her smile vanishing as soon as Trump looked away from her.
"And I mean completely obliterated".
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and which rivals Abbas, said Trump aligned "himself with the politics of the (Israeli) occupier" during his visit.