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President Donald Trump called the perpetrators of a deadly bombing at a pop-music concert in the United Kingdom "evil losers", told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he'd do "everything I can" to hasten peace in the Middle East and arrived in Italy on the latest leg of his overseas trip.
Tillerson also said, "We solve the Israeli-Palestinian peace dilemma, we start solving a lot of the peace throughout the Middle East region", a linkage that Netanyahu, who has said peace with other states is achievable before Israeli-Palestinian issues are resolved, has in the past forcefully rejected.
"I am truly hopeful that America can help Israel and the Palestinians forge peace and bring new hope to the region and its people". He must persuade the people to have a security-based peace.
Israeli forces moved in, and clashes ensued with the Palestinian protesters.
The President's words came as he visited Bethlehem during a visit to the Middle East.
Grant Rumley, an expert on Palestinian politics at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told Jewish Insider, "This type of language harkens back to the Bush administration era concept of 'linkage, ' whereby solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would somehow unlock regional peace".
Mr Abbas reiterated his call for a two-state solution to the conflict, including a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, insisting that "our problem is not with the Jewish religion, it's with the occupation and settlements, and with Israel not recognising the state of Palestine". "It is between us and occupation". The problem is not between us and Judaism.
The richness of the welcome afforded to the U.S. delegation by the Saudis was matched only by the vastness of the record $110 billion arms deal that was signed between the two countries.
Mr Barghouti, who is leading the strike, is demanding better conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including longer and more regular family visits. And their demands are humane and just.
"President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith, and Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has promised the same".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the U.S. has increased its military aid to Tel Aviv by tens of millions of dollars. I don't think so.
At the prime minister's residence Monday evening, Trump praised Netanyahu, elected to his fourth term in 2015, for "working very hard at it".
This was a completely different Mr Trump to the one Americans have become used to home turf.