US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to cooperate during their meeting in Israel on combating terrorism, the White House stated on Tuesday, APA reports quoting U.S. media.
"In this spirit of hope, we come to Bethlehem, asking God for more peaceful, safe and far more tolerant world for all of us", Mr. Trump said.
"Our fundamental problem is with the occupation and settlements, and failure of Israel to recognise the state of Palestine in the same way we recognise it, which undermines the realisation of the two-state solution", Abbas said.
Daniel Shapiro, a former USA ambassador to Israel, said that while Trump might have appeared warm in public, in private he probably made some hard asks of both sides. Before Trump, no sitting president had ever visited the religious site, likely due to questions over the status of Jerusalem.
"Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", Mr. Trump said in reference to the Palestinians' practice of paying cash to terrorists or their families for attacks against Israelis.
How successful President Trump is in bringing peace to the region depends on many factors, including the desire for peace on the part of the leaders and residents of the region; a common front against extremism, and the ability to curb Iran's support of terrorism. While both Netanyahu and Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to maneuver and strike a deal.
Trump is visiting Jerusalem and West Bank on the second part of his maiden foreign trip since taking office in January.
Apparently, the Americans say that the Netanyahu cabinet's easing of restrictions on PA Arabs earlier this week, ahead of President Trump's visit, was not enough of a gesture.
First and foremost, Trump left players in the region with a clear understanding that an Israeli-Palestinian peace process is on the table, and that both parties are worthy partners in this endeavor.
Israel's far right wants to noodge President Trump even further right, when Trump will nearly certainly end up noodging them leftward, given that diplomacy involves compromise.
President Donald Trump made a historic visit to Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, standing before the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray and saying a few words before inserting a note between the monumental stones.
At the conference, Netanyahu also thanked Trump for "the American change in policy on Iran" and praised the president's "bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria", referring to Trump authorizing the launch of a number of missiles at the site where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad allegedly used chemical weapons against his own people, according to NBC.
A boy wrapped with Israel's national flag is seen during a parade marking Jerusalem Day, the day in the Jewish calendar when Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Old City from Jordan during the 1967 Middle East War. Do they have any real basis to claim East Jerusalem as the Palestinians' capital? The prime minister, who repeatedly butted heads with President Barack Obama, leapt to his feet when the president declared Tuesday that his administration "will always stand with Israel".
The senior official briefing reporters after the visit seemed to allude that this will be the way Trump would like to continue as he moves forward.