Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Trump, Abbas stress longing for peace through negotiations

Roland Mccarthy | 25 May, 2017, 05:57

He is scheduled to visit Palestinian-controlled territory May 23, where he will meet in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Both sides will face tough decisions, but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal".

USA presidents have visited Israel and called the country an important ally over the years, so Trump's policy positions are worth noting, especially as they evolve.

The president and first lady seemed to have a similar incident as they walked the red carpet after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Monday.

He has called for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Get the Arab states to go ahead and reach out to the Israelis in public. "It was a bad, awful thing for the United States to enter that deal, and believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, that I can tell you", Trump said.

The two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories forms part of Mr Trump's first foreign trip as USA president.

Trump also placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall, sending a signal of solidarity with Israelis.

Trump repeated his vow to bring peace to the Middle East. Further, foreign policy and nationals security experts warn that Trump's move may result in American allies restricting the intelligence they share with the United States.

He was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. "Never mentioned it during the conversation, they're all saying I did, so you had another story wrong".

His effort to broker peace is coming early in a Trump administration distracted by a domestic political firestorm, part of it self-ignited by the president's own comments.

Later Tuesday, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and give a speech at the Israel Museum before wrapping up his two-day stop.

"I can testify to that", the prime minister chimed in.

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