Trump pushes for peace in ME

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to speak for many in Israel Tuesday when he said, "Thank you, President Trump, for your steadfast friendship to the Jewish people and the Jewish state".

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.

Don't they deserve the peace and justice they have been yearning for and were denied for more than half a century?

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"Once again we reassert to you our positions", Abbas said elaborating, "accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel... and resolving longstanding issues based on global law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative". But Palestine refused the offer, and countered with a significantly smaller land swap, which was in turn rejected by the Israelis. "But they're losers-just remember that".

That omission encouraged Israel's right-wing but it disappointed Palestinians.

"I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal". "The president notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades", The Associated Press noted.

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On a possible peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, Trump has said he could get it done.

In a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump acknowledged what has always been known: that Israel and Saudi Arabia have formed a tacit alliance whose main target is Iran. Trump initially sparked deep concern among Palestinians when he backed away from the long USA commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.

Mr Netanyahu has expressed tentative support for parts of the initiative, but there are many caveats on the Israeli side, including how to resolve the ever more complex refugee issue and whether Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights, strategic territory that Israel took from Syria in the 1967 war.

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Abbas said the Palestinians "are committed to working with [Trump] to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel". Going off-script in one of his speeches, Mr Trump contrasted his support for Israel with the previous administration's coolness, saying it was a "big, big, handsome difference". He has already visited Saudi Arabia and Israel. Later yesterday, Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and give a speech at the Israel Museum before wrapping up his two-day stop. Trump is due to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the 13th president to visit the Vatican.

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