Trump brings in hope for solving Israeli-Palestine conflict

Trump brings in hope for solving Israeli-Palestine conflict”

President Donald Trump says the White House is starting a process between the Israelis and Palestinians that "hopefully will lead to peace".

At a White House meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Mr Trump pledged to reinvigorate the stalled Middle East peace process and said he would serve as "a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" between the two sides.

Abbas' visit comes more than two months after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Trump at the White House, where the two men's chummy relationship was on full display.

Trump urged Netanyahu to "hold back on settlements for a little bit", and while he said he'd "love" to see the United States embassy move to Jerusalem, he offered no indication it would happen soon.

Trump's long-shot effort to bring Middle East peace got off to a rocky start when he renounced support for a Palestinian state and vowed to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, breaking two tenets of American policy held for decades.

USA officials quickly stressed afterwards that Mr Trump would support any arrangement agreed by the two sides.

But in a February news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump broke with longtime USA policy by raising the idea of a one-state peace agreement, withholding clear support for an independent Palestine.

Trump, in complete contrast, made clear throughout his brief remarks that he regards Abbas as a central, viable part of the solution.

"You have the will and desire to achieve this success, and we will be your true partners to achieve a historic peace treaty", he said.

While Abbas will be challenged on the payments, Trump will also use their meeting to recommit the United States to helping the Palestinians improve their economic conditions, said the US officials, who weren't authorized to publicly preview the talks and demanded anonymity.

Trump also praised the Palestinian security forces' coordination with Israel.

"Without this we will not accept any solution", said Abbas, who touted an Arab League peace plan that offers Israel diplomatic relations with the Muslim world for a Palestinian state.

At one point, Abbas, who read a statement in Arabic, said in English, "We have hope".

The continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle to the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

"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.

Stopping them seems untenable to Mr Abbas, especially at a time of broad Palestinian support for a mass hunger strike of prisoners held by Israel.

Abbas mixed that flattery of Trump with a stern message on Israeli occupation. Trump also urged Netanyahu to "hold back on settlements for a little bit".

During a joint press conference with Netanyahu at the White House in February, Trump said he was "looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".

Like this


06 May 2017
Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia, Vatican, meet with pope
The foray on to the world stage will also include meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a summit in Italy. Trump could reverse a trend of increased travel for presidents in the last 50 years or so.

06 May 2017
Nigerian Medical Association Urges President Buhari To Disclose Health Status
She says some prominent Nigerians are demanding that he take medical leave amid questions about his fitness to govern. The Nigerian Medical Association has called on President Muhmmadu Buhari to disclose his health status to Nigerians .

06 May 2017
Silva warns Hull not to take Sunderland lightly
Asked if he sees his future next season in the Premier League, he added: "It's impossible to know what will happen in the future". Silva hasn't lost a home league match as a manager since March 2014 while manager of Portuguese side Estoril (W34 D7).

04 May 2017
Eight militants die in US strike in Afghanistan
The Afghan National Security Forces are not doing well in the fight against the Taliban since end of the USA combat mission in 2014.

04 May 2017
US asked that 1934 Americans' names be 'unmasked' in intel
Since the major terror attack in the United States on September 11, 2001, the NSA has been collecting data about the USA citizens phone calls.

04 May 2017
Ubisoft France Teases Something Far Cry 3 Related
Ubisoft also invites players to follow the Instagram profile of the company, using artwork taken right from Far Cry 3. To be honest, that seems like the least exciting route Ubi could go, and a prequel story or remaster seem more likely.

04 May 2017
Matt Barnes ejected for throwing at Manny Machado despite foul ball call
Intentional or not, Machado made a bad slide, his foot high in the air. "I didn't have anything to do with that, " he said. Machado ended up making the last out, hitting a popup on a pitch from Craig Kimbrel , who got his seventh save.

03 May 2017
Matt Niskanen won't face hearing for hit on Sidney Crosby
What do you do now with Matt Niskanen? "If Sid is not playing ... it's a loss for us", Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist said. In the end, the Penguins were held scoreless on four power plays, and the Capitals won it on Shattenkirk's power-play goal.

03 May 2017
Road show: Most NFL teams interested in hosting draft
So, while it is natural to be excited for the first round talent, don't sleep on late-round talent. That includes a fourth round pick, two fifth and sixth round picks, and one seventh round pick.

01 May 2017
Donald Trump British adviser Sebastian Gorka 'to leave the White House'
It also comes after an investigation by the Forward reported that Gorka, who is Hungarian, is a member of Historical Vitézi Rend. At least 18 Democratic representatives signed a letter calling on President Trump to dismiss the top security adviser.