Israel uneasy over Trump's massive arms deal with Saudi
May 31 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
While there may continue to be some policy differences between the USA and Israel, those will likely be discussed privately between the two allies and will not become a "public dispute", Pollock said.
"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".
"PresidentTrump and President Abbas agreed to continue their discussions on the issue of payments to Palestinian prisoners and the need to improve the Palestinian economy".
At the same time, he urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.
Iman Haddad, a Palestinian student in the West Bank, said Trump's visit was little more than a photo-op.
"Three days ago, the United States added another $75 million to the aid package for the missile defence programme", Netanyahu said at a memorial ceremony for Israel's dead in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Trump understands that the tectonic plates have shifted in this region following eight years of the Obama administration's failed Mideast policies, especially the US -led nuclear deal with Iran.
President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu share a private moment at the Israel Museum, May 23.
Trump also labeled the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the Group 5 + 1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) as a mistake.
A White House statement on Trump's meeting with Abbas said he told the United States leader he was "ready to begin negotiating immediately".
In introductory remarks, Netanyahu voiced hope that Trump's efforts would help forge peace with Arab states, which, he said, shared with Israel a common concern about Iran.
In what may concern peace advocates, he did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide efforts and US Middle East diplomacy.
"Many of us were holding our breath, wondering if he was going to do something that would inflame the situations in Saudi Arabia or Israel", Sutton said.
With cooperation, success is possible, and PresidentTrump's trip might be viewed as a watershed event in Middle East history.
He also called on the Israelis and Palestinians to make compromises for peace - but gave no specific details on what he meant.
And therein lies the catch: The willingness of the Sunni coalition to normalize relations with Israel and the Gulf states is predicated on the resolution of the Palestinian conflict. Trump said yesterday that he "never mentioned" Israel during a White House meeting two weeks ago with Russian officials. The PA has enacted legislation and created bureaucracies to ensure financial rewards for perpetrators of anti-Israel attacks.
Sutton said he didn't know if it was realistic to expect any breakthrough, but wasn't sure Trump could do a whole lot worse than previous administrations.