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Trump Travels To Bethlehem For Meeting With Abbas

Hossam Zomlot, an aide to Abbas, told AFP news agency that "if President Trump wants to mediate and leads us to a historic agreement, a major agreement, we are ready to be his partners".

The assignment would pose daunting challenges for the most seasoned diplomat, much less a novice.

The status of Jerusalem is ultra-sensitive and has been among the most hard issues in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since April 2014.

Trump said the "ties of the Jewish people to this Holy Land are ancient and eternal" and reaffirmed Washington's unwavering support for Israel. "The president notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades", The Associated Press noted. The speech was warmly welcomed by senior members of the Israeli government, who noted that Trump vowed Iran will never obtain a nuclear weapon, condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and talked about Israeli children who have to hide from terrorists' rockets and even cited Theodor Herzl, the founder of political Zionism.

Trump spoke on his fourth and final day in the Middle East.

"I am committed to trying to achieve a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I intend to do everything I can to help them achieve that goal", Trump said.

In addition to his foreign policy portfolio which also includes China, Mexico and Canada, he has responsibility for trade and domestic topics in his father-in-law's administration.

Yesterday, during his speech at the Israel Museum, Trump promised to stand by Israel against the Iranian threat: "Iran's leaders routinely call for Israel's destruction. He didn't speak of the two-state solution. and they will probably be disappointed that Trump did not say what his plans were or his vision was", said Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Bethlehem. It is as if a veil of secrecy is drawn over anything to do with the real-estate developer husband of Ivanka Trump. Various officials have said that was the source of the classified intelligence.

But another former official said a more high-profile and hands-on approach may eventually be needed to achieve progress.

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The visit raised questions about whether the United States would indicate the site is Israeli territory.

His first task with the Palestinians will be persuading them that he can act as a neutral intermediary. They would think that was a great name.

"In the beginning it looked like Kushner really admired Dermer, really hung on his every word". We can not stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. "Jared is his own man".

Trump's comments came as he returned from a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. In statements leading up to the trip, he's taken a tougher-than-expected line on settlements, saying he doesn't believe they help the peace process, though he's stopped short of calling for a full construction freeze. "I also firmly believe that if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace, it can begin a process of peace all throughout the Middle East and that will be an awesome accomplishment", he said.

Earlier, Trump said, "This moment in history calls us to strengthen our cooperation as both Israel and America face common threats from ISIS and other terrorist groups to countries like Iran that sponsor terrorism and fund and foment awful violence - not only here - but all over the world".

Mr. Trump also reaffirmed the US alliance with Israel, a relationship strained during the Obama administration.

KEITH: And, he said, Netanyahu had assured him he wants peace, too. It started with the first direct public flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel.

After waving at the crowd, President Trump reached out for Melania's hand, when she whisked it away to tuck her hair.

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