Donald Trump departs Israel declaring that peace deal is possible


It is still early to figure out what to make of Donald Trump's visit to Israel, as the USA president is known to make extemporaneous statements that may not accurately reflect his policy positions.

Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine". "It is between us and occupation".

The President is urging the United States and Israel to boost cooperation against common threats, and declaring that Iran never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.

He drew more applause when he said: "Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction".

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2017Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East were great. The United States is firmly committed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and halting their support of terrorists and militias.

"Abbas and Netanyahu promised to do all they can and I look forward to working on lasting peace with these leaders", Trump said.

The two leaders with meet in the West Bank. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", he said. "We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single, unified voice".

While it was Israel that Trump lavished with praise, in the end neither side got all it wanted.

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On Monday, he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Instead, he focused on stamping out terrorism.

He spoke of the meeting with Abbas in Tuesday's Israel Museum speech stating, "I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace".

Which, I may, nay, must add, is in no way reflective of left-leaning media's general disdain for President Trump.

His words matched his actions during his visit here.

Abbas referred to Trump's "historic" visit Monday to "occupied East Jerusalem", where Trump visited some of the sites holiest to Jews and Christians. Just a few hours after visiting the Western Wall, the background image of Trump's personal Twitter account was changed to feature a photo of the president with his hand on the Kotel.

Palestinian activists rallied and demonstrated during U.S. President Donald Trump's brief visit to the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Tuesday, calling for a "Day of Rage" to amplify the voices and demands of hunger-striking prisoners who have been protesting since mid-April. "It is deeply, deeply appreciated".