Trump Vows 'To Do Everything I Can' to Achieve Middle East Peace

Nick Mcbride
May 24, 2017

Speaking alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Trump offered his condolences and condemned the "wicked ideology" that led to the attack.

A longtime businessman, Trump has cast Middle East peace as the "ultimate deal".

Tuesday marks the 37th day of a mass hunger strike inside Israeli jails. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joked before the speeches, "They have all this protocol, we never know what to do".

Pointedly delivering his first foreign speech in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump praised the six-state Gulf Cooperation Council, specifically Saudi Arabia, for efforts to cut off funding to extremists while lambasting Iran as the "spearhead of terrorism".

Trump told him his administration believes that 'peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis, which has dragged on for almost half a century or more'. They were all saying I did.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump exchanged pleasantries with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife before boarding Air Force One.

But while Trump said earlier this month that he believed brokering peace is "maybe not as hard as people have thought", he measured his comments on Tuesday.

He said his travels this week left him believing Israel and Palestine "can make a deal".

Mr Abbas welcomed Mr Trump's "noble and possible mission".

"Making peace, however, will not be easy, we all know - both sides will face tough decisions - but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", Trump said. In his introductory remarks, Netanyahu tried to tie between the terror attack in Manchester Monday night and the question of Palestinian funding for terrorists, arguing that under Abbas, a perpetrator of a similar attack would receive a lifelong stipend.

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But she declared she's now determined to start again and totally rebuild their battered relationship from scratch. He said he thought the mother had died. "She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family", he recounted.

And in a speech later at the Israel Museum, he reaffirmed that his administration would always stand with Israel.

It is fine to want Israel to have peace, but what about the Palestinians?

Trump added that dealmaking "is what I do".

This one-sided approach to regional conflicts could give Israel the impression that it can override the Palestinian crisis altogether.

The two REPORTEDLY (but who can trust the fake news media?) held hands as they arrived at the Vatican.

Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem didn't feature, even in the week that marks 50 years since Israel took control of the city's east during the 1967 Middle East War.

Nevertheless, for a president keen on investments and creating jobs in America, which country - using only this as a benchmark - has more to offer: Israel, with its strong but small market, or Saudi Arabia, with its ability to pump hundreds of billions of dollars into the USA economy?

It is highly unlikely that even President Trump's outsized personality will be enough, on its own, to end a conflict that has lasted more than a century.

What is the mood in the territories?

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