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

02 June 2017

But it's what he didn't do or say that made his visit a success: He did not discuss politics.

"There is no regional peace process or anything like it", he said, adding "No one is talking about it with us, or with anyone".

The Israeli government is planning to secede Shufat refugee camp and Kufr Aqab, two all Palestinian neighborhoods separated from the rest of East Jerusalem by a 5-meter high concrete wall, from the Jerusalem municipal boundaries. The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ) echoed this sentiment in a strategy paper it delivered to Trump and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

How successful President Trump is in bringing peace to the region depends on many factors, including the desire for peace on the part of the leaders and residents of the region; a common front against extremism, and the ability to curb Iran's support of terrorism.

When it was divided during the first two decades of the state's existence, Jerusalem had "next to nothing".

Mahmoud Abbas and Donald Trump in Bethlehem, May 23, 2017.

Mr. Trump has called achieving peace between Israelis and the Palestinians "the ultimate deal", as if reconciling two of the world's most implacable foes were merely a more challenging kind of real estate transaction.

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Sutton said pairing Trump's visit to Israel with the other Middle Eastern countries shows he's not trying to side with any country, but with both Israelis and the Muslim nations.

Sadly, President Trump's visit to the Middle East only confirmed my skepticism about what might come out of it. Trump went to the region with nothing to offer to mitigate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and received no commitment from either Israeli or Palestinian leaders to resume the peace negotiations in earnest, but he received lots of platitudes and empty good-will gestures. "Today the Saudis are at the center of the picture, and they need to make a decision to be a real partner".

Palestinian Authority officials did not return JTA's request for comment. "Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they now feel emboldened", said Trump.

The lack of specifics in Trump's addresses allowed for alternative interpretations.

President Donald Trump placed a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Monday, becoming the first sitting USA president to visit one of Judaism's holiest sites. "I want to take advantage of the next few years".

The Commerce secretary, who accompanied Trump to the oil-rich kingdom over the weekend, said he found it "fascinating" that he did not see "a single hint of a protester anywhere there during the whole time we were there".

"Bennett is wrong", said Yaki Dayan, a former Israeli consul in Los Angeles.

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