During the Palestine leaders White House visit on Wednesday, U.S. Commander in Chief Donald Trump expressed his doubts about the difficulty that others have perceived concerning establishing peace in the Middle East.
While attending a lunch with senior US officials and Palestinian officials who were accompanied by President Mahmoud Abbas , president Trump assured those and company that negotiating a deal to put an end to the six decades of conflict and bring about peace between the Palestinians and Israelis was “frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”
Additionally, Trump mentioned that he is confident that both parties want to secure a deal. As reported by Reuters., Trump further proclaimed that “We need two willing parties. We believe Israel is willing, we believe you’re willing, and if you both are willing, we’re going to make a deal.”
In the moments immediately following their first meeting ever between Abbas and Donald in the Oval Office, Trump proclaimed that he is willing “to do whatever is necessary” of him in order for peace still to be brokered. He mentioned that he will perform as a mediator in the negotiations between Pres. Abbas is an Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump, in comments released by White House officials, stated that “I’m committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement.” The United States is not allowed to impose any agreements, nor can another nation. It must be the Israelis and Palestinians who collaborates with each other in order to develop an agreement that “allows both peoples to live, worship, and thrive and prosper in peace.”
Is really Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initial reaction to the Trump meeting was the announcement that Palestinians “name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.”
Netanyahu expressed strong words of criticism against Abbas for conveying to Trump that the people of Palestine are seeking to force in quote culture of peace” upon their youth, as reported by the times of Israel.
The Prime Minister of Israel denied that proclamation, leasing a statement that declared Netanyahu’s assertions as “unfortunately not true.”
Netanyahu says he “fervently shares” president Trump’s commitment to the advancement of peace when he met with Trump in February on Washington grounds. Prior to the sit-down with Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Netanyahu added that he hopes that pursuit of June peace and achievement a substantial change is possible. “This is something Israel is always ready for. I’m always ready for genuine peace.”
Former Pres. Bill Clinton was the one president, of all those with tried and failed, who was able to bring about the most success in bringing about significant progression towards resolving the delicate and biblical conflict of the Middle East. In 1993, Clinton managed to unite Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in which they both signed off on the Oslo Accords.
Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by a radical right rain Israeli as a result for his involvement in the agreements, and by the time the new millennium rolled around, the Second Intifada uprising had manifested into an open and active war between Palestinian militants located in the Gaza and West Bank defending themselves against Israeli forces.
Then in 2004, Yasser Arafat passed away after becoming ill and being admitted into a Paris hospital, which happened as a result of an Israeli Defense forces siege that took place at his Ramallah compound.
Former Pres. George W. Bush’s made an attempt to bring about a peace deal in January 2008. Bush made the prediction that the agreement would be signed by both parties prior to the expiration of his term. But upon the inauguration of former Pres. Barack Obama the year after, the discussions between the two countries had arrived at another stalemate.
Vice President John Kerry expressed optimism about the formulation of an agreement as Secretary of State in 2013. But talks between the two countries broke down in April 2004 which led to the breakout of war in Gaza only 60 days later.
But during the short that a time in which the Trump administration took office in January 2017, the president’s position on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict has shifted from one side to another from the beginning.
During his February meeting with Netanyahu, Trump abandoned the nation’s seemingly everlasting commitment to broker a two-state agreement in which Palestine would become an independent state that would reside next to Israel all while angering Palestinians by asserting that the US Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem.
But in a contrasting move, Trump has sent invitations to Abbas in his administration to visits the capital and has forcefully criticized Israel for their West Bank settlement building construction.
Abbas reminded Trump of his requirement that the borderlines of Palestine established prior to the 1967 Six Day War should remain intact upon the states and dependents, announcing East Jerusalem as its capital.
July 22, 2017