Awkward! Donald Trump gaffe prompts Israeli Ambassador to face-palm during meeting

Jun 06, 2017, 06:23
Awkward! Donald Trump gaffe prompts Israeli Ambassador to face-palm during meeting

"And (Trump) really does want to work together with Israel in countering the threat from Jihadist Islam".

Mr Abbas had sought to convince the unpredictable US President to remain committed to an independent Palestinian state. "And we are keen to keep the door open to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors from all walks of life in order to boost confidence and create a genuine peace opportunity", the Palestinian president told his American counterpart.

On Monday, he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Their talks came with hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17, which Abbas referred to in his remarks after meeting Trump. "But they're losers. Just remember that", he said.

After enduring eight years of the Obama administration, Rubin says he had "high hopes" that Trump would personally state that Jerusalem is the "undivided capital" of Israel.

The White House late Tuesday released a readout of Trump's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem from earlier that day.

But in his public remarks, Trump steered clear of any such language, and did not mention what has been the goal of U.S. diplomacy for two decades: a state of Israel and an independent Palestinian state co-existing side-by-side.

He did not weigh in Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem or even whether the U.S. would continue to insist on a two-state solution giving the Palestinians sovereign territory.

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The so-called two-state solution - meaning an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel - has always been the basis of USA policy but Trump suggested in February he was no longer wedded to it.

Abbas underlined that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis was not based on religion.

"In so doing we will all enjoy a safer and brighter future and a safer and brighter world", he said after holding talks with the Palestinian president in Bethlehem.

Trump also mentioned his talk with Abbas, telling the audience, "They [Palestinians] are ready to reach for peace".

He also urged Israel to comply with "just and human demands" of hundreds of Palestinian hunger strikers now forgoing food for the 37th day in Israeli prisons.

It is unclear if the "pressure" exerted by Trump would resonate with Israeli leaders.

Dr Husam Zomlot, a former adviser to Mr Abbas and now the Palestinian ambassador in Washington, said the contours of any deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians were well known to both sides. Trump is due to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the 13th president to visit the Vatican.

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