Friday, 25 May, 2018

Trump meets with Abbas in West Bank

Rosalie Gross | 26 May, 2017, 07:31

There were minimal details in how Trump would achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, or defeat terrorism in the Middle East.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Both sides will face tough decisions. 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". With his trip, Trump is trying to build an alliance with Israel and the Sunni Muslim countries he met with in Saudi Arabia, all unified against ISIS and other terrorist groups and also against Iran.

"I want to send our condolences to the many families who lost their loved ones", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump today said that he is committed "to do everything" to achieve Israel-Palestinian peace deal but made it clear that "peace can not take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discreetly tried to stop Mr Hazan, whose career has been hit by scandal, but failed.

Exactly what that's going to look like is anyone's guess, as President Trump's visit to Israel involved a lot of broad statements about the concept of peace, but no details.

Donald Trump was aghast when Michelle Obama did not wear a headscarf when in Saudi Arabia.

Mr Abbas had sought to convince the unpredictable US President to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. "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".

British authorities say that at this point, they believe only one suicide attacker detonated himself at the Manchester Arena in Northern England, where Monday night's bombing took place after a concert by Ariana Grande.

Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador who served as the deputy chief of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., said Netanyahu and Abbas are not the only ones who are perceived as weak.

The Israelis neither want the Palestinians to have the benefit of global law to support their legitimate quest for justice nor do they allow even their best allies to mediate once such allies make any hint against Israel's stiff positions, even if on the side of legality, worldwide law and justice, and even if such hints are made in the best interests of the Israelis.

In the past, Trump has publicly urged Netanyahu to limit settlement building, and has baffled observers by raising the idea of a one-state solution to the conflict that neither side supports.

Trump's visit did nothing to help with that fundamental problem.

Israeli media said his brazen move had gone down badly with senior Likud officials.

On Palestinians' view on Trump's visit to the Western Wall, Pollock said they don't like it but accept it. Before Trump, no sitting president had ever visited the religious site, likely due to questions over the status of Jerusalem.

He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit. "To see the joy in their eyes, being with the three of us on this momentous occasion made the moment even more special".

Back in Jerusalem, Trump gave a speech at the Israel Museum, where he said "my administration will always stand with Israel".

It later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community and claims the entire city as its capital.

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