Trump 'didn't cite Israel' as source of Isis intelligence

Claudine Rigal
Mai 29, 2017

On Tuesday, US president Donald Trump and president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas asserted their commitment to achieving peace between Palestinians and Israelis, during a press conference in Bethlehem, according to worldwide media.

Trump also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who said his country is "committed to working with you to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel".

The U.S. president arrived in Israel on Monday after a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, where Trump said King Salman assured him Riyadh wants peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: President Trump motorcaded to Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"It was a great speech because he said the things he had to say and he did not say the things the other presidents usually took advantage of speeches to say", Tzachi Hanegbi, an Israeli minister and ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, told AFP after Trump's closing speech.

Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza launched a general strike Monday to protest President Trump's visit and to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners now on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

US President Donald Trump today said that he is committed "to do everything" to achieve Israel-Palestinian peace deal but made it clear that "peace can not take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded".

Speaking in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum Tuesday, Trump issued a warning to Iran, whose leadership has called for the destruction of Israel. It "should trouble us" that the USA signed a roughly $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia during Trump's trip, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of global peace efforts and US Middle East diplomacy, reported AFP.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, joins House members calling on President Donald Trump to honor a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal". "Ultimately there isn't a single concession the Palestinians can make now that would lead towards a peace deal", Baconi saod. Both sides will face tough decisions.

Abbas considers a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be non-negotiable, and he stressed his position on Tuesday. "Middle East peace has been the siren song of many a president and secretary of state for a long time but I think that we're in a unique time in history, as well".

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.

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