Trump denounces Manchester attackers as 'evil losers'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 22:34
"We all know that".
"And since both sides see a benefit to that, you're not seeing a lot of outcry or opposition that you would otherwise", he said. He pointedly sidestepped any mention of the thorny issues that have stymied all previous attempts at a peace deal, including the status of Jerusalem, Israeli settlement construction and the Palestinians' demand for a sovereign nation.
Abbas emphasized that he was committed to cooperating with Trump to forge a deal.
He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide peace efforts and US Middle-East diplomacy.
During his election campaign, Trump had pledged to move the embassy to Jerusalem but Washington has not taken any step in this regard so far, according to French national radio.
Beigelman wasn't sure about Trump's chances of achieving peace in the area, but was hopeful with Trump's approach to the region.
Police said the attacker detonated the explosives shortly after 10:33 pm (2133 GMT) at Manchester Arena, as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande. "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. The former US administration of Barack Obama was deeply opposed to Israel's expansion of the settlements and in December withheld its veto from a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the policy.
It is fine to want Israel to have peace, but what about the Palestinians?
Rather, due to claims to the city from both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the global community has largely supported calls for direct negotiations between the two parties as to the final status of the city.
While both Netanyahu and Abbas reiterated during Trump's visit a commitment to peace, both also face domestic constraints on their ability to manoeuvre or compromise.
Trump also did not speak about a two-state solution, something that was once a part of the Republican Party's platform but the president has yet to endorse.
Netanyahu's tone was somewhat less upbeat, with sharp criticism for Abbas.
One of the long-standing regional proposals is a Saudi peace initiative that was first put forward in 2002 and has been re-endorsed several times since.
The trip also managed to produce plenty of awkward moments involving Trump and his administration - there were some unfortunate typos, a failed attempt at holding the first lady's hand (which went viral) and two geographic flubs.
Netanyahu, in his remarks, did not mention the word "Palestinians", but spoke of advancing "peace in our region" with Arab partners helping to deliver it.
Netanyahu, for his part, got his government to approve a series of modest gestures to ease conditions for the Palestinians in the West Bank on the eve of Trump's visit.
"The conflict is not between religions", Mr. Abbas said.
"President Trump is really, really serious and he thinks peace is possible". "We are ready. Everything is ready".
Trump visited the Israel Museum and the Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center on Tuesday and now heads to Italy and later is expected to meet with Pope Francis.