Israelis rally for Palestinian state, end of occupation

Adding: "And by meeting with my very good friend, Benjamin, [I can say that] he is reaching for peace, he loves peace, he loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people".

He will also realize that while Arab governments in the region may play an important assisting role in advancing peace, the so-called "ultimate deal" will have to be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians. However, the omission of the numerous opportunities spurned by Palestinian leaders-in a report on why a "peace push" has a "difficult path"-is striking".

Yes, English isn't Netanyahu's first language, but the Israeli prime minister made a particularly awkward comment during an address at the Israel Museum. Both he and Trump wore black kippahs as a mark of respect. This was not confirmed by officials.

"Olmert essentially agreed to forgo sovereignty of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site, and proposed that in the framework of a peace agreement, the area containing the religious sites in Jerusalem would be managed by a special committee consisting of representatives from five nations: Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, the United States and Israel". He also said he believed the Palestinians "are ready to reach for peace".

"The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever", said Trump, speaking after a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Former President Bill Clinton helped establish the current USA policy on Jerusalem through the "Clinton Parameters" in 2000. Since then, USA policy on the city has not explicitly changed much, with former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both favoring direct negotiations between the two parties over unilateral action.

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

Trump received a warm welcome in Tel Aviv after becoming the first USA president to include Israel on his maiden overseas trip. The Israeli settlements, status of Jerusalem or whether the US would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory were not discussed.During his meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday and in speeches throughout the day, President Donald Trump notably omitted any mention of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The president has used the stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank to call for the end of such violence.

Abbas plans on saying he is willing to concede 6.5 percent of Palestinian territory to Israel in the meeting, reported Middle East Eye.

The Iranian president championed a nuclear deal with the United States and five other major powers in 2015 that led to the lifting of most sanctions against Iran previous year, in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

  • Leroy Wright