During a meeting on Wednesday, President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said he believes there is a “very good chance” of a Middle East peace deal. The President also said he desires peace between Israel and the Palestinians:
“We want to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We will get it done. We will be working so hard to get it done.”
President Trump is hoping his former business and deal-making skills will help solve one of the longest conflicts known to the world. He also promised Abbas that when the deals are made, he would serve as “mediator” between the rivaling countries. The result, however, is up to Israel and Palestine.
During a lunch with the Palestinian officials, Trump said that the solution to the massive conflict wasn’t “as difficult as people have thought over the years.” Then, in a shocking turn, Abbas also said he thought a peace deal could come thanks to Trump’s “great negotiating ability.”
But it won’t just be Trump’s negotiating ability that can create a solution. Abbas laid out several goals that would bring a fair and detailed agreement. One goal is a two-state solution that makes East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine. A second goal calls for Israel to abandon occupation of the West Bank.
Trump’s extreme pro-Israel stance had many wondering how he would handle the long-standing Middle East conflict. The President holds so strongly to the country that he’s even considered moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But despite his strong stance, he hasn’t made any permanent moves that would deal with Israel and Palestine.
Credit: The Hill