Trump's intention to divide Middle East not helpful for lasting peace

Trump came to power promising to be the most pro-Israel president in United States history.

Nevertheless, Lieberman said, "We are following developments and are aware and have ways of dealing with this".

On Tuesday, Trump returned to the occupied West Bank for a cursory meeting with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem.

As Trump posed for photo opportunities and was scheduled to enjoy dinner at Netanyahu's official residence on Monday night, more than 1,300 Palestinians were on their 36th day of hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

While Abbas insisted on his position to demand the two-state solution along the borders of 1967 - the state of Palestine with its capital as East Jerusalem, living alongside the state of Israel in peace and security and good neighborhood - Trump did not speak about this solution and did not mention the term "Palestinian state", among other issues he missed to tackle.

A commentary in Israel's centrist Yediot Aharonot newspaper said that after two days of waiting for Trump's keynote address "the only thing we could learn from that speech was how to say nothing with a whole lot of words".

But Israeli officials were reportedly displeased that Trump tied the future of Israel's relationship with authoritarian Sunni sectarian regimes to progress on making peace with the Palestinians.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said on Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent remarks on Jerusalem obstruct current peace efforts exerted by US President Donald Trump.

The deal incorporates several budget lines that have previously been negotiated and approved by the United States Congress each year, and requires Israel to abide by these terms over the course of the next decade, through 2029, without further lobbying of the USA legislature for additional funds. "I will call them from now on losers because that's what they are", he said.

Trump's visit to Jerusalem has been laden with religious symbolism.

He announced a 110-billion-U.S. -dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia upon his arrival, including precision weaponry that his predecessor Barack Obama had held up over concerns of civilian casualties in the war in Yemen. "It's between us and occupation", Abbas said. "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".

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.

The 50th anniversary of Israel's capture of territories that Palestinians seek for a state is next month.

  • Zachary Reyes