Trump promotes Mideast peace ambitions, leaves out the details
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 21:12
Noting how Trump did not mention Palestinian statehood or a two-state solution in his public remarks with Abbas, Knesset member Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, "This is a huge achievement, on a historic scale, and a big win for anyone opposed to the mistaken and risky idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel".
Speaking in the aftermath of an deadly bombing attack in Britain, Trump made a brief mention of the "losers" who perpetrate such actions.
"Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed". "The sacrifice of generations of young people to defend the state can not stand in our merit without the uncompromising struggle to fulfill their will to keep Israel Jewish and democratic".
On Tuesday, US president Donald Trump and president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas asserted their commitment to achieving peace between Palestinians and Israelis, during a press conference in Bethlehem, according to global media.
The stated goal of Trump's trip to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican is to unite the region against intolerance, curtail radicalization, coordinate efforts to defeat the Islamic State terror group and isolate Iran.
Aides said the approach was purposeful, and Trump was well-aware of the risks of veering off script.
"In Saudi Arabia and in Israel, President Trump has laid the groundwork for a broad and unified coalition throughout the Middle East", he said in a statement.
Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine".
Earlier this month, the United Kingdom's House of Lords released a statement that strongly criticized the British government's "very degrading, dismissive attitude" towards worldwide efforts to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and suggested that it take a stronger stance to advance a two-state solution, including recognizing a state of Palestine. Just a few hours after visiting the Western Wall, the background image of Trump's personal Twitter account was changed to feature a photo of the president with his hand on the Kotel.
"There is no way to achieve peace in an environment of violence", Trump said.
The hunger strikers seek more family visits, access to telephones, medical care, the freedom to study and cessation of isolation as a punishment.
In his appearance with Abbas, Trump made what many took as a reference to Palestinian payments to the families of terrorists. Trump did not mention the aid or the payments in his public remarks. It promised Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for a Palestinian state.
The meeting was held at the site - one of the holiest in Judaism - to mark Israel's capture of the Old City 50 years ago in the Six-Day War.
One last observation relates to Trump's repeated affirmation that in the end, the two sides alone have to agree on the terms of ending their conflict. Prime Minister Netanyahu and many legislators professed themselves delighted.
During his 28 hours in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the USA president gave several speeches stressing his desire for peace and denouncing terrorism. Trump has until June 1 to decide whether to continue the practice.
"He will reiterate that", the official continued, adding that "(Trump) has not abandoned the two-state solution". Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, both of the pro-settlement Jewish Home party, voted against a measure to boost Palestinian building in Area C of the West Bank, which Israel fully governs. He said he was "truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bringing new hope the region and its people".
"The left has returned to the square!" a Peace Now activist chanted to a crowd of thousands cheering Israelis.
Trump also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which by Christian tradition is where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb. Both sides will face tough decisions. During meetings Monday in Israel, which considers Iran its biggest threat, Trump said Arab nations' own worries about Tehran could ultimately lead to new regional support for a Middle East peace deal.
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