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He had met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. The goal of Trump's trip, the official said, was "to do a lot of listening, build very strong relationships with all the different people, not just the parties involved. and try to create a lot of momentum and optimism around the prospect for peace".
Earlier this month, Israel rejected as "absurd" a UNESCO resolution it said denies Jews' historical connection to Jerusalem by presenting Israel as an occupying power there.
The president did make one concession to the Palestinians, which will have come as a disappointment to the more right-wing elements in the ruling coalition. And the fact that Trump is breaking that taboo is a sign that the USA recognizes the significance for the Jewish people of that holy site, Pollock said. He promised that although "Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction-not with Donald J. Trump".
At least 20 more Palestinians were shot and injured across the West Bank by Israeli forces suppressing demonstrations in support of Palestinian hunger strikers.
However, in a statement issued by his office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hastened to dispel any doubts on the matter, in anticipation of any objections by his right-wing government.
Dr Husam Zomlot, a former adviser to Mr Abbas and now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides.
Trump has spoken of being a mediator, arbitrator or a facilitator in the peace process between Palestine and Israel. He declined to reiterate stated US -policy on a two-state construct for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, nor did he repeat his earlier calls to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to slow Israeli settlement building in disputed areas of the West Bank. The U.S president also stated that he was hopeful about his country and Israel working together towards achieving peace, prosperity and harmony.
In a joint appearance with Trump in Bethlehem, Abbas said the Palestinians wanted a peace agreement based on the two-state solution: a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem alongside Israel.
Trump later visited the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, and spoke at the Israel Museum, where he focused on terrorism.
During his visit, Trump notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades.
"Clinton tried, Bush tried, Obama tried".
"Our Palestinian people's attainment of their freedom and independence is key to peace and stability in the world", said the 82-year-old Mr. Abbas, whose popularity among Palestinians has been declining. He's also backed away from his campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, bending to the same security risks as other presidents who have made that promise.
Israel continues to seize Palestinian land for Jewish-only colonization and to violently suppress the Palestinian population with no consequences from the United States.
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