Trump moves to settle Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Donald Trump held a press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and said his administration "will get it done" regarding a peace agreement with Israel.

Abbas called for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with the Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

"I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians", Trump said. "Let's see if we can prove them wrong".

US officials had said ahead of Wednesday's meeting that Trump would press Abbas to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.

Mr Abbas, speaking through a translator, told Mr Trump that under "your courageous stewardship and your wisdom, as well as your great negotiations ability", the Palestinians would be partners seeking a "historic peace treaty".

The two men's upbeat tone contrasted sharply with that of veteran Middle East watchers.

A USA official said Wednesday's meeting would also include the proposal that Abbas halt monthly payments to families of militants jailed or killed by Israel.The issue has been raised in lower-level talks, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week questioned any prospect for peace while, in his words, the Palestinians "finance murderers".

Abbas and Trump spoke by phone on March 11, and there are suggestions the United States president could visit the Middle East this month.

"For us to bring about a comprehensive and just peace based on the two-state solution, such matter would give a great impetus to the Arab Peace Initiative and the other global initiatives, as well as be able to fight and deter terrorism and to fight the criminal ISIS group ... which has nothing to do with our noble religion", he said.

"As someone who's worked on this for the last 30 years, I don't think we've ever been at a lower point", he said ahead of the meeting.


The president declared that he was ready to "help unlock" the economic potential for the Palestinian people on the road to a peace deal.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is expressing optimism for resumed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

The US president who has not given a carte blanche for settlement building, and who has not - or at least not yet - moved the embassy to Jerusalem, again disappointed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; he could not have given Abbas an easier time.

The Palestinian leader said he hoped to "resolve the problem of refugees and prisoners" with regards to global law in whatever agreement may be signed.

"It's about time for Israel to stop occupying our land", he said. "Any agreement can not be imposed by the United States, nor by any other nation".

"I'm committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement", Trump said.

Trump also called on Abbas to address incitement.

VP Mike Pence, said, "I will just like to welcome the president and his entire delegation here to the White House".

The president has said he's open to whatever deal the Israelis and Palestinians broker whether or not it involves a two-state solution.

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