Trump on Middle East peace: 'We will get it done'

Posted May 17, 2017

Shaath's comments came a day after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Trump sought to "resolve" the controversial PA policy with Abbas when the two leaders met Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after his arrival for a meeting at the White House. "So far, we didn't talk about a mechanism, but the contacts between us and the Americans began and will continue", he said.

Notably, no message was posted from President Trump's account to mark his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February.

Abbas said he believed their partnership could bring about a historic peace deal, emphasizing that he wants to see a Palestinian state with borders that existed prior to the region's war in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

President, you signed your name to the first Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

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To the broader issues that we are addressing in terms of advancing our national security interest, our national economic interest".

"I welcome President Abbas here today as a demonstration of that partnership, that very special partnership that we all need to make it all work". Hamas has dismissed Abbas's strategy of negotiations as a waste of time and said he does not represent the Palestinians.

On Tuesday, the Hamas movement, dominant in the Gaza area, released a new policy paper accepting the idea of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders.

Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting.

The Trump-Abbas meeting concluded a series of consultations the new United States president held with regional leaders since assuming office.

"It's time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land", he said. "And I will do whatever is necessary to facilitate the agreement, to mediate, to arbitrate anything they'd like to do, but I would be a mediator or an arbitrator or a facilitator, and we will get this done".

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Another contentious issue: Trump's campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In a joint news conference with Abbas, Trump suggested that a peaces agreement between the Israel and Palestine would not be "as hard as people have thought", according to NBC.

But Abbas will be encouraged that Trump did not publicly demand that the Palestinians cut funding to prisoners and their families.

In lieu of moving the embassy, some in the administration had floated the idea of the new USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, living in Jerusalem instead of the official residence in a Tel Aviv suburb.

The hunger strike of more than 1500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails was also highlighted on the front page of the dailies, particularly the rally held in Ramallah in support of the prisoners.

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Jerusalem, which Israel claims as its age-old, united and "indivisible" capital, remains a key hurdle in the path of a negotiated settlement.