'We Believe You're Willing': Trump Declares Abbas Partner in Peace

Palestinian family warm themselves up with a fire outside their makeshift house during a power cut in a poor neighborhood in town of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

'We Believe You're Willing': Trump Declares Abbas Partner in Peace

After a meeting at the White House in Washington, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and US President Donald Trump yesterday vowed to bring about an "historic" deal to end the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas came to the White House for the first time in almost three years on Wednesday for a meeting with President Trump.

"It's something that I think is frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

"We will get it done", Trump said, flaunting his deal-making prowess during a first meeting with the veteran Palestinian leader that marked the start of an ambitious - some say quixotic - presidential effort.

But at the same time, he didn't offer any new strategy about how peace could be achieved.

Over the course of his campaign, Trump hinted at dropping the traditional two-state solution past presidents have supported (he also mulled moving the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the disputed holy city claimed by both Palestinians and Israelis).

Abbas is also at risk of being sidelined by Trump's efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Abbas spoke through an interpreter and was equally positive, saying: "We are coming into a new opportunity a new horizon that would enable us to bring about peace". "We believe that it is possible to reach a solution".

While Abbas will be challenged on the payments, Trump will also use their meeting to recommit the USA to helping the Palestinians improve their economic conditions, officials said.

Abbas who has been in office since 2005 and was part of two failed United States attempts to negotiate peace under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, reiterated the Palestinian principles for peace.

The Palestinian embassy in Doha organised yesterday a stand of solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, as the prisoners continue the battle of freedom and dignity (the battle of empty stomachs) by continuing their hunger strike.

"Let's see if we can find the solution", Trump continued.

The former real estate mogul promised to "do whatever is necessary to facilitate the agreement - to mediate, to arbitrate anything they'd like to do".

"There can be no lasting peace unless the Palestinian leaders speak in a unified voice against incitements to violence and hate", he said.

But receiving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House early in his term, Trump also showed he was willing to press Israel on the West Bank settlement building, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.

Both Trump and Abbas said a peace deal would go a long way to ending the instability that led to the rise of radical Islamic terrorists such as ISIS, which Abbas said "has nothing to do with our noble religion".

Republican senators have introduced legislation to cut off US aid to the Palestinian Authority unless the Palestinians stop making such payments, and in recent days they had urged Trump to raise the matter during his meetings with Abbas.

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