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Trump in Middle East: Symbols but little substance

Trump in Middle East: Symbols but little substance

President Donald Trump's trip to Israel was presented as a test of his ability to make the ultimate deal, but it's serving to underscore just how hard it is to strike a peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump made personal pleas to both sides of the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the first leg of his overseas trip, which took him to both Saudi Arabia and Israel and the West Bank. "They would think that's a great name". "And they are very keen on moving forward with its own relationship with the Trump administration". "They're losers, and we'll have more of them, but they're losers".

Rubin points out that Trump's visit came just days from "Jerusalem Day", when the Jewish nation remembers winning control of the Old City from Jordan in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Israel Hayom reported Thursday that Trump told Abbas during their private meeting in Bethlehem on Tuesday that his peace initiative will be based on the Saudi plan for a normalization of ties between Israel and Arab countries in the region, which would then lead to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Herzog met with Trump, Kushner and Netanyahu for several minutes, after the United States president's speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and just before Trump departed the country.

On Monday I spoke to Aaron Maté of The Real News about Donald Trump's first overseas visit as USA president.

Trump, for his part, made sure not to mention the two-state solution and did not touch on any of the Palestinians' demands, including the issue of settlements, detainees or the right to self-determination. Around Bethlehem, it's a tall concrete wall covered in graffiti.

Even before his inauguration, Mr Trump had spoken of his desire as a master negotiator to deliver what he calls the "ultimate deal"-peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

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Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine".

Abbas, who has been politically weakened at home because of the continuing stalemate in peace efforts, appeared to be basking in the attention from an American president following a meeting in Washington earlier this month. "It is between us and occupation". The wall is part of a project begun in 2002 during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, that is to extend some 700 kilometers once completed.

Bethlehem also holds deep significance as the site where Christians believe Jesus was born and welcomes thousands of pilgrims each year for Christmas.

A senior administration officials briefing reporters after Air Force 1 took off from Ben-Gurion airport, set a low bar for Trump's first stab at brokering Middle East peace. He also did not speak in detail about how negotiations would start between Israelis and Palestinians.

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"That historic summit", said Trump, referring to Riyadh, "represents a new opportunity for people throughout the Middle East to overcome sectarian and religious divisions to extinguish the fires of extremism, and find common ground and shared responsibility in making the future of this region".


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