President Donald Trump met with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas and expressed confidence that a peace deal could be worked out between Israel and Palestine.
As he concluded and turned to shake hands with Trump, Abbas added in English: "Now, Mr. President, with you, we have hope". Trump's long-shot effort to bring Middle East peace got off to a rocky start when he appeared to back away from supporting a Palestinian state and vowed to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, breaking two tenets of American policy held for decades.
However, he said that any agreement can not be imposed by the United States, or by any other nation.
Many of Trump's predecessors have tried to mediate the decadeslong conflict. He offered no details about his effort or how it would be any different from attempts over the past two decades during which former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all tried and failed.
President Donald Trump has faced deep scepticism at home and overseas over his chances for any quick diplomatic breakthrough.
Despite the cordial appearance at Trump's joint White House press conference with Abbas, there may be turbulence beneath the surface. "If he goes for the home run and tries to restart negotiations, he is likely to fail".
But he also said outsiders can not impose terms on the parties - which some see as a coded warning that there are limits to the US willingness to invest political capital.
The move was an unprecedented departure from an American policy shared by Democrat and Republican parties that has hinged on the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
KUTTAB: If it has along with it a freeze of settlement because without a deal the settlements are continuing.
He blamed the lack of dialogue in recent years on the Israeli government, saying its leaders "have no political vision", and reiterated his demands for an independent Palestinian state along pre-1967 lines, with east Jerusalem as its capital.More news: Mitten: Europa League final is make-or-break
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"We are raising our youth, our children and our grandchildren, on a culture of peace", he said.
"I also applaud the Palestinian Authority's continued security cooperation with Israel".
Trump did not discuss any of those issues Wednesday.
He has said that he is open to either of one state or two state solutions as long as it is agreed by the two.
On his meeting with Abbas, Trump tweeted, "An honour to host President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House today".
"It's time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and of our land", he said. Barghouti, in prison since 2002, is serving five life terms after an Israeli court convicted him of directing attacks that killed five people during a Palestinian uprising against Israel.
He did encourage Mr. Abbas to do more to discourage Palestinian incitement against Israelis.
Trump says "maybe we can end that journey and start a much better journey". "Palestinian leaders need to speak in a unified voice against incitement to violence and hate", he said. "But hopefully there won't be such hatred for very long".
The US President could be a possible facilitator for the future peace deal, say the observers after the meeting of Trump and Abbas on Wednesday.