dglobalnews.com Trump confident he can broker Mid East peace
Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Trump confident he can broker Mid East peace

President Donald Trump shakes hands with with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Washington.

The senior adviser, however, said that Trump's invitation to Abbas was a good starting point between the Palestinian Authority and the new U.S. administration and expressed his appreciation for the respectful approach of the president in an attempt to renew the peace process.

But receiving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House early in his term, Trump also showed he was willing to press Israel on West Bank settlement building, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.

The two leaders discussed the value of actions that can help create a climate conducive to tangible progress toward peace. Trump typically posts about his meetings with foreign leaders on his Twitter account.

"There can be no lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violate, and violence, and hate", the president said.

Abbas who has been in office since 2005 and was part of two failed United States attempts to negotiate peace under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, reiterated the Palestinian principles for peace. Israel rejects a full return to 1967 borders as a threat to its security.

"I also applaud the Palestinian Authority's continued security cooperation with Israel", the woefully ignorant president of the United States said.

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Similar to his remarks alongside Netanyahu, Trump today framed the possibility of peace between the Israelis and Palestinians with his experience in business, saying it is "perhaps the toughest deal to make", but added "let us see if we can prove them wrong". In a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindaunu, Netanyahu stressed that he is always ready for true and genuine peace but he attacked Abbas, who he emphasized falsely claimed that he is educating Palestinian children for peace. Trump faced deep skepticism at home and overseas over his chances for a breakthrough with Abbas, not least because the new USA administration has yet to articulate a cohesive strategy for restarting the moribund peace process.

Another contentious issue: Trump's campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Omer Barlev, a candidate for leadership of the Labour party, offered Netanyahu the support of his party for any measures he would need to take in moving forward with the peace process.

Like previous USA leaders, Trump faces numerous obstacles in the long-shot bid.

"We want to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians and we will achieve that..."

In statements from the Roosevelt room at the White House flanked by both the American and the Palestinian flags, Trump gave a much-needed boost to Abbas ahead of a working lunch with the delegation.

Hamas on Tuesday released a policy document that for the first time indicates a willingness to accept the idea of a Palestinian state within the borders that emerged after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, although it stops short of recognizing Israel.

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