Trump's Speech To Knesset Was Scrapped Amid Concerns

Nick Mcbride
May 27, 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his call for the establishment of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital during his 45-minute encounter with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday.

President Trump crossed the imposing security wall separating Israel and the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, part of Mr. Trump's quest to jump-start long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Palestinian officials stressed they believed longstanding U.S. policy remained unchanged as president Mahmud Abbas sought to convince Trump to remain committed to a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict. That in itself is a problem: When the US takes too large a role in the talks, it removes the pressure from Palestinian and Israeli diplomats to arrive at a deal on their own.

"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it, which undermines the realization of the two-state solution".

During his earlier stop in Israel, Trump declared Tuesday that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders are "ready to reach for peace".

Trump left Riyadh for Tel Aviv ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in hopes of seeking ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.

The most high-profile moment of Trump's stay in Jerusalem was his visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism.

Trump also condemned the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, saying: "Terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out from our society forever".

Israeli leaders put the conflict at almost 100 years old, dating it to anti-Jewish riots in the 1920s, and Trump's addition "of more", which did not appear in the prepared remarks, was likely meant as a nod to them.

Mr Abbas said Palestinians "are committed to working with [Mr Trump] to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel".

But Oren, who authored a highly regarded history of the 1967 war, said the notion that troubles between Israel and the Palestinians began 50 years ago is mistaken.

Israeli forces moved in, and clashes ensued with the Palestinian protesters.

Trump held talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and with Abbas in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. I do believe there is a lesson learned from this silly incident - not to believe or trust everything you read online because you never know who is the source.

What he did cite repeatedly was Iran, along with his vow to prevent Iran not only from "possessing" nuclear weapons, but for speech and actions that call for Israel's destruction.

President Donald Trump speaking at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017.

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