Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly going to offer significant concessions in the Israeli peace process when he meets Trump in Palestine Tuesday.
Abbas announced he is ready to be Trump's partner in securing peace in the Middle East through establishment of a Palestinian state on land captured by Israel in 1967.
Noting how Trump did not mention Palestinian statehood or a two-state solution in his public remarks with Abbas, Member of Knesset Ofir Akunis (Likud) said, "This is a huge achievement, on a historic scale, and a big win for anyone opposed to the mistaken and risky idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel".
"[The Palestinians'] fundamental problem is with occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine as we recognize it, [and not with] Judaism", Palestinian leader Abbas stated, speaking before Trump.
Abbas emphasized that he was committed to cooperating with Trump to forge a deal.
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Meanwhile, ahead of Trump's meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday, a live-streamed White House schedule stated Trump would deliver remarks in "Jerusalem, Israel", apparently recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the holy city despite Trump himself never affirming a change in US policy. "He wants peace", he said. "During his stay President Trump displayed an understanding and appreciation for the generation-old connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, and stressed there is no room, justification or goal for acts of terror", Bennett says in a statement.
Abbas said that he had also drawn Trump's attention to more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for more than a month, led by Marwan Barghouthi, who supporters call the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. Both he and Trump wore black kippahs as a mark of respect. Trump also visited the Israel Museum. Further, the USA leader did not bring up the issue of sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem, which both Israel and the Palestinians claim as their capital. Around Bethlehem, it's a tall concrete wall covered in graffiti.
The closeness of Bethlehem - the physical proximity between Israel and the Palestinian territory - surprised most first-time visitors in the entourage.
"In my meeting with my very good friend Binyamin [Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister], I can tell you also, that he is reaching for peace".
Mr. Trump prayed at the Western Wall, visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and at Yad Vashem - Israel's national Holocaust memorial - he paid respects to the 6 million Jews who were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators.