Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Abbas warns of painful steps against Palestinian rival Hamas


Trump insisted he was ready to try to reach the "toughest deal".

"I'm committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement, but any agreement can not be imposed by the United States or any other nation", he said.

Others around the world whose territories are occupied - but whose cases are seldom raised at the United Nations - include Kurds in south-eastern Turkey, the people of Tibet and Uighurs in Xinjiang in western China, and the inhabitants of Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus and Indonesian-occupied West Papua. Trump concluded his statement challenging the naysayers, and said "let's see if we can prove them wrong". "And given President Trump's very close ties with the Netanyahu government, one should not expect that Washington emerges as kind of a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict", Lauria pointed out.

President Abbas expressed his confidence that under the stewardship of President Trump a historic peace deal is possible and added that the United States and Palestine could be true partners to bring about a historic peace treaty.

Abbas and a small entourage arrived outside the West Wing in a black limousine shortly before noon and were greeted by Trump.

"President Abbas... How can you speak of peace with Israel and at the same time fund murderers who spill the blood of innocent Israelis at every turn?"

"We hope this will be a new beginning", Abbas told Palestinians at a meeting in Washington on the eve of the talks.

Netanyahu spoke at the start of his meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. Some analysts are skeptical, however, that Trump will succeed in an arena where his predecessors have fallen short. "Hopefully something terrific could come out of it between the Palestinians and Israel". "This is probably going to be the same sort of thing".

The White House confirmed Thursday night that President Trump would be travelling to Israel on the 22nd of May, and that the trip would include a trip to Bethlehem.

President Trump highlighted his commitment to enabling meaningful economic growth in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which will enhance the prospects for a just and lasting peace.

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.

Abbas also faces fierce opposition from his main political rival, the Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized Gaza from him in a 2007 takeover.

Abbas and Trump spoke by phone on March 11, and there are suggestions the USA president could visit the Middle East this month. He's the most moderate Palestinian leader we've had.

Hamas has said it would not bow to pressure from Abbas.

In his Wednesday comments, Abbas also criticized ideas for a "one state" peace agreement, saying it could mean "racial discrimination" or an apartheid-like system.

Netanyahu was referring to the fact that Abbas' Palestinian Authority uses the massive amounts of foreign aid it receives to provide large stipends to Palestinian terrorists arrested by Israel.

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