Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

  • Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

Trump meets Palestine President, urges resumption of peace talks

NPR's Tamara Keith is traveling with the president. But he did not mention what has always been the goal of USA diplomacy in the region - a two-state solution to the conflict: Israel and a Palestinian state.

During an appearance with Abbas in Bethlehem, Trump spoke about the Monday-night suicide bombing at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena in England.

A senior White House official told reporters on Tuesday that President Donald Trump united the Muslim world in a way that "really hasn't been" done in "many years".

"I like you too", Trump said when the audience quietened. They're losers. And we'll have more of them.

Allowing them to do so could have led to accusations that Washington was implicitly recognising Israel's unilateral claim of sovereignty over the site, which would break with years of United States and global precedent. The goal of visiting Israel (second destination of their current worldwide tour) is to talk about peace.

TRUMP: And it's so interesting that our meeting took place on this very frightful morning of death to innocent, young people.

Trump was enthusiastically received by Netanyahu, who leapt to his feet when the president declared that his administration "will always stand with Israel". "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice".

While the USA president called for the resumption of peace talks, he notably stopped short of endorsing the idea of a Palestinian state.

Mr Trump gave the cameras a wave as he and his wife Melania, who was playing the part of the First Lady dressed head-to-toe in white, left Air Force One at Tel Aviv airport. The President has struck an increasingly optimistic tone on the prospects for peace in recent days, insisting that he is sensing a shift in the region that could draw Arab countries closer to Israel and create more favorable conditions for peace. That is completely wrong.

According to the Times of Israel, son-in-law and aide to the USA president, Jared Kushner, told Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Tuesday, before their departure, that the White House was preparing to quickly act on promises made to restart peace talks between the Israel and the Palestinians. "Everyone says they want peace. And my meeting with my very good friend Benjamin - I can tell you also that he is reaching for peace". That's what I do. He's taken a tougher than expected line on settlements, saying he doesn't believe they help the peace process, though he's stopped short of calling for a full construction freeze.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy". Again, we don't know if Donald was reaching for her hand or if Trump knew it was happening and moved her hand because of that.