Trump reassures Abbas at the White House


Mr Trump said that Mr Abbas was present for the first peace agreement signed between Israel and Palestine and wants to be the United States president that has Mr Abbas "sign the last agreement" between the two parties.

President Donald Trump confidently predicted that a lasting Middle East peace agreement was within grasp Wednesday, as he hosted Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at the White House.

Trump called the White House visit with Abbas a symbol of progress for peace between the two countries.

"There can not be lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violate - and violence and hate", Trump said.

"Let's see if we can find the solution", Trump continued.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesaday said Trump is giving "serious consideration" to moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which he pledged to do during the presidential campaign, but did not offer a timeline for that move. "We believe that we are capable and able to bring about success to our efforts because, Mr President, you have the determination and you have the desire to see it become to fruition and to become successful. The Palestinians and Israelis must work together to reach an agreement that allows both people to live, worship, and thrive and prosper in peace", said Trump.

Lerman said in a conference call hosted by The Israel Project, which publishes The Tower, that Trump's approach to the peace process would mark a return to the stance adopted by former Secretary of State James Baker, who said, "we can not want peace more than the sides themselves".

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The omission continues Trump's seeming abandonment of what had been USA policy toward the region for decades during both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Palestinians are watching closely, including the leader of the radical Hamas movement Khaled Meshaal, who called on Trump to break with past approaches to Middle East peace. "We are going to have lunch, we are going to have discussions".

Heading in to their meeting, Abbas, 82, planned to urge Trump to take a personal stake in brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, according to his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh.

"There's such hatred", Trump said.

He denounced Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories even as he expressed optimism about the stalled peace effort. Still, Trump chastised Israel in February, asking the Israeli prime minister to "hold back on settlements" being built in the occupied West Bank.

Abbas said a peace deal would help fight terrorism, including ISIS. "Palestinian leaders need to speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence and hate", he said. "We are aspiring and want to achieve our freedom, our dignity, and our right to self-determination", Abbas said.