Bethlehem – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his call for the establishment of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital during his 45-minute encounter with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday.
The White House said that in talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, “President Trump underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including to the maintenance of Israel’s qualitative military edge”.
Meanwhile, ahead of Trump’s meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday, a live-streamed White House schedule stated Trump would deliver remarks in “Jerusalem, Israel“, apparently recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the holy city despite Trump himself never affirming a change in United States policy. In another nepotistic move, Mr. Trump appointed his bankruptcy lawyer, David Friedman, also a political neophyte, as his ambassador to Israel.
“I’m not at peace with any arms race and the huge Saudi purchase for sure doesn’t add much to our peace of mind”, he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.
Among Trump’s stops on the trip were the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site traditionally regarded as the location of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection; the Western Wall, the only portion of the Jewish Temple left standing after its destruction in A.D.
Based on a September 2016 agreement, the USA will be bankrolling Israel’s military spending to the tune of around $38 billion dollars effective from 2019 for the next 10 years.
“But there was a splash of cold water in the days after the inauguration when it became clear that the president was reverting to the traditional USA policy on Israel and the Palestinians”, Shapiro said.
A new day has dawned in the Middle East. “I think that he comes in with good relationships in some cases and with fresh thinking in other cases and that could be positive. It’s not easy. I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get there eventually, I hope”. Now, an official statement has come straight from Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, who said the president’s views are continuing to “evolve”.
“Thank you President Trump for your steadfast friendship to the Jewish people and the Jewish state!” said a beaming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Sutton said he thought Trump had made a positive impression on both Netanyahu and Saudi Arabian leader King Salman.
During his visit, President Trump called Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip, a terror organization.
Trump left no doubt that he would work to fulfill this modest wish during his visit to Saudi Arabia by unreservedly supporting the alliance of Arab states seeking to repulse the radicals in the Muslim world. Both sides will face tough decisions.
Beigelman thought the trip illustrated that the bond between the US and Israel is a bipartisan relationship. The U.S president is now on a peace mission and his trip to Israel is mainly to push for peace between Israel and Palestine.
“I would like to draw the attention to the issue of our Palestinian prisoners, who have been on hunger strike for more than one month, meters away from here in the vicinity of the Church of the Nativity”.