Trump declares Palestine ready for peace talks

Pauline Gross
May 25, 2017

A scandal-plagued member of parliament from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, Oren Hazan, managed to gain access to the red carpet and greet Trump upon his arrival.

A bewildered Trump agreed, although Netanyahu tried to prevent it by gently pulling down Hazan's arm. While Trump has spoken frequently in the months since taking office of his desire to achieve what he has dubbed the "ultimate deal", he has not fleshed out any strategy that he or his administration might have towards achieving it.He also faces mounting difficulties at home, where he is struggling to contain a scandal after firing James Comey as FBI director two weeks ago, and a widening investigation into his administration's connections to Russian Federation.

It's been rumored that President Trump is something of a germaphobe, which would certainly help explain his aversion to hand-holding.but then again, he appeared to have no problem clutching the hand of British PM Theresa May, so who knows!

"President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister Netanyahu has promised the same. The fundamental problem we have here is the definition of peace", the Florida Republican told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day". They were joined by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, as well as daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner.

"We have a lot in common, Donald and I", she told Melania Trump.

To get to Bethlehem, the location of the Church of the Nativity, where Jesus is said to have been born, Mr Trump passed through an Israeli checkpoint and a network of vast concrete blastwalls that separate the occupied territory from Israel. The territory has seen brutal wars by Israel over the past years, with the last one coming in the summer of 2014, when more than 2,200 Palestinians, many of them women and children, were killed in massive Israeli air raids.

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Speaking to the press alongside Netanyahu on Monday, Trump sought to defend himself against criticism that he provided Israeli intelligence to Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump: "Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name 'Israel, ' never mentioned it during that conversation". "If it does, I would say to you that it goes further in my mind as a member of the intelligence committee than just the focus on the Russian Federation investigation".

The White House pointed out that Trump underscored the United States' ironclad commitment to Israel's security, including to the maintenance of Israel's qualitative military edge. The Islamic State has taken responsibility.

So Trump's denial that he mentioned Israel, which was not even alleged in the Washington Post article, stirred much bemusement on social media. In the wake of that decision, he praised Trump's decision to visit the holy site.

At the same time, the White House sent mixed signals regarding the Trump administration's official policy on the conflict, seemingly acknowledging the existence of "Palestine" while simultaneously recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

Hamas, along with the Palestinian Authority, has long accused Israel of committing "violations" against Muslim and Christian holy places in Jerusalem.

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