Trump Vows Peace Push After Meeting Abbas - But Scant Details

Trump said he and Abbas would also discuss "my administration's effort to help unlock the potential of the Palestinian people through new economic opportunities".

President Donald Trump said Wednesday an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal might not be as hard as people have thought, called on Congress to extend school choice to "millions more children" and was set to have dinner with religious leaders in the evening. Other actions include a Palestinian end to anti-Israel rhetoric and incitement of violence, said officials familiar with planning for the meeting.

Speaking after the US President finished his statement, Abbas thanked Trump for his invitation and looked forward with working with the White House.

Trump also said he saw a "very good chance" for peace between Israel and Palestine.

The source of Trump's optimism was not immediately apparent. He said he had "hope" about prospects for peace with Trump in that role as he praised the President for his negotiating acumen.

Efforts to overhaul health care, the tax system and government spending have faltered, despite Trump's Republican party controlling not only the White House but both houses of Congress.

Mr Trump sparked worldwide criticism at the time when he appeared to back away from support for a two-state solution, saying he would leave it up to the parties themselves to decide. Israel continues settlement construction in the West Bank. "Peace means defeating ISIS and other terrorist groups", the president said.

Israel has rejected a return to the 1967 borders, the territorial lines drawn before the Six Day War.

Israel and the Palestinians are seeking a country of their own under what is known as the two-state solution, and both claim Jerusalem as their capital.

At that meeting, which was held in mid-February, Trump said he would not pursue decades of American policy in favor of the so-called two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "But I would love to be a mediator or an arbitrator or a facilitator and we will get this done".

Plans are being made for Trump to visit Netanyahu in Jerusalem later this month, and possibly meet Abbas in the West Bank, the Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday.

The stipends are sensitive.

The joint appearance came amid Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' first visit to the White House under Trump.

He clearly trusts Netanyahu over Abbas.

"Mr. President, it's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our land".

There can be no "incitement to hate" from the Palestinians, Trump said, and that there can be no targeting of innocents in the conflict. "But, hopefully, there won't be such hatred for very long".

The leaders did not take questions from reporters.

Pence said that Trump would never undermine Israel's national security while pursuing a final peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.



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