'Peace Is A Choice,' Trump Says During Appearance With Palestinian Leader


"I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East, and that would be an wonderful accomplishment", the US President said on the last day of his Middle East visit.

What a fascinating time to observe President Donald Trump's first trip overseas.

Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine".

The visit of US President Donald Trump to Bethlehem and his meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas were the highlight of the Wednesday issue of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies. Standing with Trump after their talk in Abbas' presidential residence, Abbas said that Palestinians "are committed to working with you to reach a historic peace deal between us and Israel".

And so many people I spoke to here, Israelis and Palestinians, said, why should Trump be any different? And could he succeed where others have failed?

That would be consistent with Trump's final hours in Israel and the West Bank.

I'm all in on his speech and this was a win for President Trump. The global community doesn't recognize Israeli sovereignty over east Jerusalem and Palestinians regard it as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

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The parts of the speech offering a robust defense of Israel drew loud applause, which seemed to energize Trump on the second leg of his first foreign trip since taking office.

Trump also mentioned his talk with Abbas, telling the audience, "They [Palestinians] are ready to reach for peace". "King Salman of Saudi Arabia could not have been kinder, and I will tell you, he's a very wise, wise man", he said.

Al-Hayat al-Jadida said in Gaza people go through the garbage looking for food.

After leaving Israel, Trump headed to Rome for a meeting with Pope Francis.

Trump initially sparked deep concern among Palestinians when he backed away from the long U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict. Organized by a coalition of groups - including the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, Combatants for Peace, Youth Against Settlements, All That's Left Collective, IfNotNow and local Palestinian committees - the camp was demolished by IDF forces on the eve of Trump's visit, but activists have vowed to continue non-violent resistance to "turn harm into healing".

The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Netanyahu also criticized this practice in a statement made after Abbas's joint remarks with Trump on Tuesday, seemingly calling Abbas a hypocrite for offering his condolences to those who were hurt or lost loved ones in Monday evening's terrorist attacks in Manchester - Netanyahu said that had the Manchester victims been Israeli children, the Palestinian Authority would have paid the attacker's family.

Protesting Trump in the West Bank; the sign slams US policy "shameful to humanity".