Top Palestinian Authority Official Denies Reports of Trump-Led Regional Peace Initiative

Laura Christensen
June 6, 2017

He became the first sitting US president to visit the site in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognized by the worldwide community. Due to its location beyond the 1967 borders, presidents have avoided visiting the site for fear it would send a message to Palestinians that the United States recognized that the wall was part of Israeli sovereign territory.

"In so doing we will all enjoy a safer and brighter future and a safer and brighter world", he said after holding talks with the Palestinian president in Bethlehem.

President Donald Trump talked up the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians yesterday, saying he believed both sides were committed to a historic deal.

But in the Gaza Strip, dozens of Palestinians rallied against Trump and burned his picture and an effigy of him.

President Donald Trump, who is now on his first foreign trip since assuming the office, condemned the deadly suicide attack in Manchester, United Kingdom, which claimed at least 22 lives while injuring over 55 people.

If the Manchester attacker was Palestinian and the victims Israeli, the terrorist's family would receive a stipend from the Palestinian Authority.

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"The conflict is not between religions", Mr. Abbas said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the attack, although authorities said they had yet to uncover any connections between suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, and any wider terrorist organization. Trump spoke of reviving long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians, but few specifics have emerged of how he intends to do so.

He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide peace efforts and US Middle-East diplomacy. The U.S. president also omitted a key phrase.

"Making peace, however, will not be easy, we all know - both sides will face tough decisions - but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal", Trump said. So en route to Israel, Tillerson evaded questions about whether the Western Wall is part of the Jewish state.

The last talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, led by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, broke down in April 2014 after about a year of largely fruitless discussion. In a live stream of Trump's remarks with Netanyahu on Monday, the White House listed the meeting's location as "Jerusalem, Israel".

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