Thursday, 14 December, 2017

After meeting Abbas, Trump vows to do all to reach Mideast peace

Kayla Schwartz | 26 May, 2017, 07:06

Manchester police say an apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device at the end of the concert. I will call them, from now on, losers.

Trump - on his first overseas tour as president - regaled Middle East leaders with florid words about "peace and prosperity" and a faux pretense of historical appreciation, referring to the region as the "cradle of civilization", a "sacred land" and "rich heritage".

"The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace", Trump said once back in Jerusalem, adding that while he knew everyone had heard it before, "I'm telling you, that's what I do". It was all the just feel-good rhetoric that papered over the systemic causes of conflict and terrorism.

The faith of the 45th president has been a subject of much speculation in American political life. It was hailed as the biggest ever weapons contract, with an initial payment of $110 billion.

Watch it for yourself - has he got exhausted of waiting for her to take his hand, and so withdraws it?

The proposed weapons supply is truly staggering, not least due to their destination to a regime up to its eyes in terror sponsorship.

The most high-profile moment of Trump's stay in Jerusalem was his visit to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. But he avoided any mention of a Palestinian state and did not address a campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, something Netanyahu yearns for.

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He offered no detail and did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global efforts and US Middle East diplomacy.

On Monday, responding to a request by Education Minister Naftali Bennett at Ben Gurion Airport to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which would reverse decades of US neutrality on the city, Trump replied simply, "That's an idea".

At the same time, there are still policy issues that are not agreed between the American and Israeli governments, but the Trump administration is determined to discuss those issues privately with the Israelis and not make a public dispute, Pollock said. He declined to reiterate stated US -policy on a two-state construct for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, nor did he repeat his earlier calls to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to slow Israeli settlement building in disputed areas of the West Bank. Trump and his team carried off a complex balancing act with reassuring messages for Israelis, Palestinians, and the GOP foreign-policy establishment: "Relax, we got this".

JOHN YANG: On the last day of his Israel stop, Mr. Trump visited Yad Vashem, the nation's Holocaust memorial. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life in order to boost confidence and create a genuine peace opportunity". The Trump administration is prepared to capitulate even further.

The Palestinian Authority, although part of this Arab-Islamic peace matrix, is even more eager for serious negotiations to reach a settlement.

Ambassador Ron Dermer, who was among a group of dignitaries seated in the meeting, clearly displayed his emotions after Mr Trump carried on his speech by saying, "We've just got back from the Middle East". But there are reasons to worry that the foundation of the U.S. -Israel alliance is getting shakier, and this visit did nothing to change that.

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