Trump, Abbas Call for Revival of Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks

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U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

On his part, Trump stressed the need to forge a historic peace deal, without mentioning any reference to the two-state solution or to an independent Palestinian state.

At the same time, the White House sent mixed signals regarding the Trump administration's official policy on the conflict, seemingly acknowledging the existence of "Palestine" while simultaneously recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

"You can't just walk in on Day One and sign a deal that no one has gotten done in 35 years", said the official, who under the ground rules of the briefing could not be further identified. "They are losers. We will have more of them, but they are losers, just remember that". Instead of worrying about how his words will be interpreted by his friends, he has proven he can take the actions his enemies fear. But he offered no blueprint for movement toward reviving negotiations.

Trump labelled Bethlehem, "a precious city" and said he intended "to do everything he could" to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Trump arrived in Bethlehem on Tuesday after weekend meetings with Saudi Arabian leaders in Riyadh, and a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas, a lifelong terrorist, tells President Trump he wants peace with Israel while he does nothing to stop - and even encourages - the evil violence of his people against Israel.

Democratic President Barack Obama's administration suspended the planned sale of precision-guided munitions in December because of concerns over the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen and civilian casualties.

For several decades preceding 2008, American foreign policy in the Middle East was centered on a strong bond between our country and moderate Sunni nations. You could see that Melania was crying. Critics will say United States foreign policy is for sale to the highest bidder under Trump, the billionaire dealmaker. "And once the Palestinians will have their own state beside the state of Israel, then the Arab peace initiative can be implemented".

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Palestinians held angry protests against the visit in both West Bank and Gaza, according to a BBC report.

"I hear people describe what happened to us [in the Six Day War] as a disaster", Netanyahu said.

Both sides are wary of being accused of resisting Trump's peace efforts or being cast as obstructing the resumption of talks.

"I think the president's views - like, we hope, the American people's views - are going to continue to evolve", Mr. Tillerson said on the flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.

The President of the United States appeared to get his geography mixed up during a meeting in Israel.

It would keep the Netanyahu government in power, Shai said.

The office of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas slammed Netanyahu's remarks.