Major US Jewish Organizations Praise Trump's Israel Visit

Donald Trump Melania Trump

Donald Trump Melania Trump

Trump asserted that both Israel and the Palestinians are ready to pursue a peace agreement and reiterated his "personal commitment" to helping them achieve that goal.

"We reassert to you our positions of accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, the state of Palestine with its capital as East Jerusalem living alongside the state of Israel in peace and security and good neighborhood", Abbas said, "as well as resolving all the entire final status issues based on global law and internationally legitimate solutions and side agreements".

Tillerson also said that Trump was "very forceful" in his message to both sides that a peace deal will require them to make hard compromises.

"That would be an unbelievable accomplishment".

"The conflict is not between religions", Abbas said.

Israel has repeatedly rejected similar suggestions, saying that the great issues of the Middle East, like the Syrian civil war, the conflict in Yemen, poverty in Egypt or tensions between Sunnis and Shia have nothing to do with Israel and that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is used as a fig leaf by the Arabs to avoid confronting their real issues.

Donald Trump's relationship with Melania has been heavily scrutinised ever since he was welcomed into office as the 45th President of the United States. I know you've heard it before, I am telling you, that's what I do, that they are ready to reach for peace. Trump arrived at the Presidential palace in Bethlehem in the morning after travelling there by vehicle from Jerusalem. Speaking before Trump, Abbas said that the Palestinians "fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognise the state of Palestine as we recognise it".

Trump met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his quick stop in the region.

"Netanyahu doesn't invite his own cabinet to this dinner", said David Makovsky, an expert on Israeli-Palestinian relations at the Washington Institute in Washington. And by meeting with my very good friend, Benjamin, [I can say that] that he is reaching for peace, he loves peace, he loves people, he especially loves the Israeli people.

Trump has also not said anything about the Arab Peace Initiative.

Netanyahu's tone was somewhat less upbeat, with sharp criticism for Abbas. As Daniel notes, the Israeli leader was referring to "what Palestinians see as a form of welfare support to families whose relatives have acted on behalf of the Palestinian cause".

Kushner, who wields tremendous clout within the White House on a broad range of issues, is not a full-time envoy in the traditional model that previous USA administrations have employed when peace negotiations were under way.

While Kushner has visited Iraq and now Saudi Arabia, and has long had business ties to Israel, including supporting a settlement in the West Bank, Greenblatt has taken the day-to-day lead and reported back to Kushner on progress. "His recitation of the thousands of years of Jewish connection to and presence in the land of Israel was an important rebuke against anti-Israel forces and those who seek to deny that unalterable connection", ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.

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