Full Speech: Present Trump Hopeful And Peaceful Final Speech In Israel
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 11:01
"Palestinians are ready to reach for peace", Trump said in his speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, directing his message to Netanyahu and his Cabinet ministers, who, in many occasions, have argued that the Palestinians under Abbas are not a willing partner for peace and that they must undergo changes and meet preconditions before reaching a deal with Israel. "I will call them from now on losers because that's what they are".
"In this spirit of hope, we come to Bethlehem, asking God for more peaceful, safe and far more tolerant world for all of us", Mr. Trump said. "But they're losers. Just remember that", he said. As he spoke, the death toll in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert had climbed to 22.
"Once again we reassert to you our positions", Abbas said elaborating, "accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel... and resolving longstanding issues based on worldwide law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative".
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. On a visit to the Yad Vashem memorial, the president and first lady Melania Trump laid a wreath on a stone slab under which ashes of those killed in concentration camps are buried.
While Trump heaped praise on Israel during the 28-hour visit, he spent only one hour in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. President Trump talked peace and Iran.
"Peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis, which has dragged on for almost half a century or more", Trump said earlier during a speech at the Israel Museum.
Palestinian officials stressed they believed longstanding USA policy remained unchanged as president Mahmud Abbas sought to convince Trump to remain committed to a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict. "We are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life".
Trump arrived at the presidential palace in the West Bank city, located only about a 20-minute drive from Tel Aviv but across Israel's controversial separation wall.
Bethlehem also holds deep significance as the site where Christians believe Jesus was born and welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year for Christmas. "It's between us and occupation", Abbas said.
Trump again vowed that he was "personally committed" to helping the two sides reach a deal to end the decades-old conflict.
"I would like to draw the attention to the issue of our Palestinian prisoners, who have been on hunger strike for more than one month, meters away from here in the vicinity of the Church of the Nativity". New Israeli soldiers are sworn in at the wall, and deceased Israeli soldiers are memorialized there. Abbas's Fatah party is at sharp odds with the Hamas, which is in power in Gaza, leaving no unified Palestinian position on peace.
The White House noted that Trump and Netanyahu discussed the current situation in Syria and the need for a political solution to the ongoing conflict in that country.
What President Trump failed to say was "two-state solution" referring to a future, independent Palestinian state.
Without naming anyone in particular, Rubin tells OneNewsNow that Trump is getting "bad advice" from his advisers about moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a campaign promise that has yet to be realized. He has since said the move was still being looked at.
He also urged Israel to comply with "just and human demands" of hundreds of Palestinian hunger strikers now forgoing food for the 37th day in Israeli prisons. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit.
The tacit alliance between Israel and the Saudis, which do not have diplomatic relations but both see Iran as their mortal enemy, is of course not new.
High-ranking PLFP member Kayid al-Ghoul told Ma'an that the Tuesday rally was staged to condemn Trump's policies towards Palestine, which were "predictably in support of Israel's conditions for the so-called peace process".
"The world didn't begin, however, in 1967 and after 1967", Levin said of the persistent Arab demands for Israel to return to their pre-Six-Day War boundaries. Further, the USA leader did not bring up the issue of sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem, which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital.
"The root of the matter is the stubborn, violent refusal of the Palestinian side to accept the Jewish state - and the capital of the Jews - in any borders", he said. After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican, and to Brussels and Italy for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings.