Trump says 'ultimate deal' possible for peace in Middle East

In a joint news conference, Abbas stressed that the Palestinian people's attainment of freedom and independence was the key to peace and stability in the world, "so that the children of Palestine and Israel enjoy a safe, stable, and prosperous future".

They were particularly pleased with Trump's visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Trump had arrived in Bethlehem by motorcade, crossing a checkpoint at Israel's controversial separation wall, and was greeted by Abbas and other dignitaries outside the city's presidential palace.

As he concluded his visit to the Middle East on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump championed the Gulf states and pitted himself as the world's chief antagonist against Shiite Iran and its proxies, ISIS, Hezbollah and Hamas.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, many Palestinian communities in the West Bank governorates of Qalqilia, Jenin, and Bethlehem, searched many homes and abducted seven Palestinians, including two siblings.

"There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both Netanyahu as well as Abbas", Tillerson told reporters aboard Air Force One.

A few hundred Israeli peace activists held a protest against what they branded the "March of Hatred".

"Thank you President Trump for your steadfast friendship to the Jewish people and the Jewish state!" said a beaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Some European leaders believe Trump can still be coaxed away from his controversial campaign positions.

Trump's nine-day, five-stop worldwide tour resulted in few tangible policy achievements.

Israeli joy at Trump visit, but substance lacking
He also commended the importance of the holding of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit in the Saudi capital on Sunday. President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith.

"It was a visit of intent, of his intent to reach out and help us reach a final agreement".

Netanyahu, for his part, got his government to approve a series of modest gestures to ease conditions for the Palestinians in the West Bank on the eve of Trump's visit. "They date back thousands of years, including the reign of King David whose star now flies proudly on Israel's white and blue flag".

The media mostly missed it (or chose to ignore it as a piece of meaningless rhetoric), but Donald Trump proclaimed a new doctrine in his speech to the assembled leaders of the Muslim world in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Engel continued, "To be fair to President Trump, none of the presidents moved the embassy".

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are still anxious about the nuclear deal reached between Iran and former U.S. President Barack Obama, as the deal allows for a broadening of Iran's nuclear infrastructure after a ten- year-period. While Israel's population might not be as homogeneously Arab as the other countries it borders in the region, it's still in the Middle East. Trump, who just flew roughly over 1,000 km from the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to Jerusalem in Israel, revealed his ignorance while speaking to Israeli ministers.

In the first public comment by an Israeli official, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday he was uneasy over the deal, calling it part of a "crazy" regional arms race. That omission encouraged Israel's right-wing but it disappointed Palestinians.

During his talk at the Israel Museum, Trump placed the blame for the lack of a reached settlement between Israelis and Palestinians at the door of the Palestinians.

Thrall said Abbas could face a "credibility problem" if he returns to negotiations without seeming to have gained any concessions.


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