Trump to the Israelis and Palestinians: Let's Make a Deal

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Mr. Trump, who met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier Tuesday in the West Bank, said the goal of his trip to the Middle East is ridding the world of such terrorist attacks.

"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people", Trump said during a joint appearance in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Turning to the prime minister, who joined him for the speech, Trump said, "Benjamin Netanyahu wants peace".

"So you have another story wrong", he told reporters.

In the latest incident, the couple emerged from Air Force One as it arrived in Rome, with Trump reaching for Melania's hand.

Trump delivered the speech to an audience that included senior Israeli ministers, Jewish and Christian dignitaries and Sheldon Adeslon, the American businessman who backs Trump and whose Israeli free daily newspaper is considered pro-Netanyahu. Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he argued he never mentioned Israel, the source of the classified intelligence, according to various officials - something he has not been accused of doing.


"The Palestinians are ready to reach for peace".

"So many young, lovely innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life", Mr. Trump said.

Those prisoners were arrested by Israel as it is trying to impose its control over the land and the people, and they are part of the 800,000 Palestinians who were arrested since 1967. And that was before Trump brushed Netanyahu aside to tell the media that it was all okay because he never said the word "Israel" to the Russians - thus marking the first time a USA official had suggested in public that the sensitive material released came from Israel.

"Making peace, however will not be easy, we all know that". We all know that.

Both sides have been intensively lobbying Trump.


But the complexities of a peace deal were visibly on display as Netanyahu began his remarks by saying that if Monday night's blast in Manchester had been a Palestinian attack on Israelis, the bomber's family would have gotten a stipend.

"We must be resolute in condemning such acts in a single unified voice", the USA leader said. He said the issue would be discussed during Trump's trip. That defense wasn't helped Tuesday when the two, as part of the president's first worldwide trip, landed in Rome. And just after Trump makes the statement, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, is seen running his hand through his hair - a move that some have interpreted as embarrassment on the president's behalf.

"Trump didn't speak of their right to self-determination. he didn't speak of the two state solution ... and they will probably be disappointed that Trump did not say what his plans were or his vision was", Abdel-Hamid said.

The President and the First Lady were in Rome for their first audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.


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