Trump pushes for peace in ME

"He wants peace", he said.

TRUMP: Making peace, however, will not be easy.

So ... I guess we now know for sure that Israel was indeed the source, as multiple news outlets have reported.

While both Netanyahu and Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to manoeuvre and strike a deal. In his opening remarks, Mr Netanyahu said that if the bomber in Manchester was Palestinian, and his victims were Israelis, the Palestinian Authority would be paying a stipend to his family.

Also this month, Trump explicitly confirmed one suspicion about his firing of then-FBI Director James B. Comey and strongly indicated that another suspicion was also true.

The real question is: What kind of deal will that be?

A succession of US presidents have attempted to negotiate peace between Israel and the Palestinians, whose modern-day conflict dates to the 1948 establishment of the Jewish state, and all have failed. The area, captured by Israel in 1967, is not sovereign Israeli territory and Palestinians there are not Israeli citizens and do not have the right to vote.

Ahead of his visit to the Middle East, the second leg of a nine-day tour that began in Saudi Arabia and will move on to the Vatican, Italy and Belgium, administration officials indicated that Trump might talk about "Palestinian self-determination", a nod towards the ultimate objective of statehood. He traveled eight km (five miles) south from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, to see Abbas.

"He did not want to wade into any thorny issues", Estrin said, noting the president did not reference controversial issues like Israeli settlements or his campaign promise to move USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Later during the day, Trump returned to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial where a ceremony took place in the Hall of Remembrance to commemorate the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

After urging Arab and Muslim leaders to root out extremism among their peoples, Trump flew from Riyadh to Tel Aviv - in an unprecedented direct flight - "and nothing comes out of it", he said.

Earlier this year, Donald held the hand of United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May as they walked through the White House. But the Saudis have had their own Arab peace plan on the table for the last 15 years, offering full peace and recognition of Israel in return for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the entire territory of the West Bank and Gaza with its capital in East Jerusalem.

At the same time, his verbal commitment to tackling arguably the world's most intractable conflict has not been matched by bold ideas or new initiatives. They all failed at bringing peace. Trump and his team carried off a complex balancing act with reassuring messages for Israelis, Palestinians, and the GOP foreign-policy establishment: "Relax, we got this".

"It was a great speech because he said the things he had to say and he did not say the things the other presidents usually took advantage of speeches to say", Tzachi Hanegbi, an Israeli minister and ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told AFP after Trump's closing speech.

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