No, really, "the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace"

29 May, 2017, 11:57 | Author: Essie Rivera

As he hopscotches through the Middle East, Donald Trump is urging Israel and its Arab neighbors to unite around a "common cause": Their deep distrust of Iran.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: President Trump motorcaded to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump bashed the nuclear deal signed by the USA and Iran under former President Obama.

Israeli Army Radio reported that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, played the biggest role in persuading US President Donald Trump not to rush to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. "You can't just walk in on Day One and sign a deal that no one has gotten done in 35 years", the senior official said, explaining that Trump's goal was to "do a lot of listening" and to " try to create a lot of momentum and optimism around the prospect for peace".

As for follow-up, "The one thing that it probably will be is quiet and discreet", the official said.

The Palestinian Authority controls the West Bank and is seated in Ramallah.

The Israeli diplomats and officials invited to hear the speech live in Jerusalem were delighted, rewarding Trump's remarks at the Israel Museum with frequent applause and numerous standing ovations.

A New York Times graphic of 19 May, explaining the itinerary for President Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East and Europe, appeared to place East Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Western Wall, as well as the entire city of Bethlehem, in "Israel". But he offered no blueprint for movement toward reviving negotiations.

"Believe me, Iran will never have a nuclear weapon, that I can tell you", the president told his excited audience, as a beaming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nodded in satisfaction. This Arab-Israeli-American alliance also comes at a time when large parts of the Arab world have collapsed and the hope for achieving a Palestinian state has been lost.

That journalist, an American here for 40 years, recognizes the insecurity that Israel feels even though the nation is nearly 70 years old. You could see that Melania was crying. "Big, big, handsome difference", Trump said to loud applause from his audience, which included members of Netanyahu's Cabinet and other officials.

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In conclusion, the families stated: "As the prisoner Marwan Barghouti, who leads this hunger strike, said, the last day of the occupation is the first day of peace".

Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine".

Solving the Mideast peace riddle is the task of Trump's son-in-law and jack-of-all-trades troubleshooter, Jared Kushner.

"I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace", Mr Trump said in a speech toward the end of his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of his maiden trip overseas as president.

Writers on the other side of the spectrum saw Trump's visit to the Kotel as a statement of what will happen.

Is it possible? The Israelis would love to settle the conflict with the Palestinians in a way that allows them to keep their security positions, their major settlements, and all of Jerusalem.

But there was little public evidence of prodding by Trump or his aides of either side to make more substantial concessions. On the contrary, it will push it forward by correcting a historical injustice and ending the Palestinian narrative that says that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said.

During his visit to Saudi Arabia - prior to arriving in Israel - the president met with King Salman, along with other leaders of the Arab and Muslim world.

Speaking from within the Jewish state, Trump insisted that the Iranians must "cease funding, training, and equipping" terrorist groups, and he called upon the global community to diplomatically and economically isolate the Islamic Republic in order to encourage this goal.

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