Netanyahu against Abbas: "He didn't speak the truth"

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2017

In a press conference after their meeting President Trump talked in broad terms about how the United States could help Israelis and Palestinians reach a peace agreement.

"I heard President Abbas yesterday say that they teach their children peace", Netanyahu said, quoting Abbas's statement to the media made during a joint press event with US President Donald Trump.

"We will get this done", Trump vowed as he met Abbas on Wednesday.

Trump also cast the United States in a more intermediary role.

Speaking through a translator, Abbas echoed Trump's upbeat tone: "We believe that we can be true partners to you to bring about a historic peace under your stewardship". In fact, in President Trump's opinion, making peace is "something that, I think, is frankly maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

"Trump can't achieve anything here beyond cocktail chatter with Israelis and Palestinians diplomats", she said. "Hopefully something terrific could come out it between the Palestinians & Israel", Trump said in a tweet to his more than 28.6 million followers.

Mr Trump has made clear that the details do not matter much to him, and he has abandoned the long- time USA commitment to the so-called two-state solution.

Abbas said that he's hopeful for bringing about peace with Israel "based on the vision of two states", with the borders of 1967.

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"I also applaud the Palestinian Authority's continued security cooperation with Israel".

Abbas, for his part, nodded to the president's background as a businessman, saying he respected Trump's "great negotiating ability", and called for a two-state solution.

"We had planned to meet in Moscow, but he didn't show up", Abbas said, referring to Netanyahu in the context of Russian efforts to set up such a meeting previous year.

The accords marked the start of the Oslo process, that is aimed at achieving a peace treaty and to fulfil the "right of the Palestinian people to self-determination". He has done so after meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, and King Abdullah II of Jordan, according to Hareetz.

According to the White House the two leaders President reaffirmed the joint determination of the Palestinian Authority and the USA to combating violence and terrorism.

Trump and Abbas appeared friendly but businesslike as they stood at side-by-side lecterns.

"It's about time for Israel to end our occupation of our people and of our land after 50 years", Abbas said.

Efforts to enlist Israel's Sunni Arab neighbours, who share Israeli concerns about Shi'ite Iran, to help rejuvenate peacemaking, have yet to yield results.

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