In their first meeting, Trump and Abbas discussed the advancement of the Middle East peace process and the strengthening of US-Palestinian relations, the White House said in a statement. "So far, we didn't talk about a mechanism, but the contacts between us and the Americans began and will continue", he said.
While Abbas will be challenged on the payments, Trump will also use their meeting to recommit the United States to helping the Palestinians improve their economic conditions, said the USA officials, who weren't authorized to publicly preview the talks and demanded anonymity. After meeting Palestinian leader Abbas, Trump said peace is "maybe not as hard as people have thought".
There can not be lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence and hate.
Still, the very fact that the meeting was held was an improvement for Abbas over the early weeks of the Trump administration, when the Palestinians felt ignored and frozen out.
"President Abbas... How can you speak of peace with Israel and at the same time fund murderers who spill the blood of innocent Israelis at every turn?"
President Trump says he's eager to facilitate, mediate and arbitrate a deal, but ultimately the solution must come from the Israeli and Palestinian people.
The Senate expressed clear support for the president, which passed a $1.1 trillion funding bill which included a provision that reduces aid to the Palestinians Authority in an equal amount to the money they pay to terrorists. A return to those boundaries would deprive Israel of the entire West Bank including the strategic Jordan Valley along the border with Jordan, and leave Israel at its narrowest point nine miles wide between "Palestine" and the Mediterranean Sea.
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Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, before eventually releasing an "official timeline" stating that the president had lost confidence in Comey over the course of several months.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is rooted in a dispute over land claimed by Jews and Palestinians, who seek self- determination. He has done so after meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, and King Abdullah II of Jordan, according to Hareetz. "And I think you feel the same way", Trump said to Abbas, standing next to him.
Palestinians are losing hope in getting an independent country and an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
Brushing aside the complexities of a decades-old conflict that has bedevilled successive USA leaders, Trump told Abbas that together with the Israelis they could bag "the toughest deal to make".
He was referring to the likelihood that Trump would make good on his threat to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Trump spoke after welcoming Abbas to the White House for a meeting aimed at relaunching talks that have failed repeatedly to resolve the decades-old conflict. A hunger strike of 870 Palestinian prisoners, in its third week, enjoys wall-to-wall support in the West Bank, where a solidarity rally is planned Wednesday.
"We want to establish peace between Israel and the Palestinians and we will achieve that... That would be like asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers".