Bethlehem - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his call for the establishment of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital during his 45-minute encounter with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday.
"As we prepare to mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem, President Trump stood in the historic capital of Israel today and made clear to the world that the USA recognizes the Jewish people's ancient and eternal ties to this holy land".
Trump radiated optimism towards an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement but left no clear indication of how he plans to bring to it fruition, including no mention of a Palestinian state.
"Trump's proposed formula for peace did not rest on the traditional mindset of a two states for two people, based on 1967 borders with or without land swaps", he told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday.
"While U.S. law states that the embassy should be moved, consecutive presidents have waived the requirement, claiming that it interferes with efforts to advance Middle East peace", the Free Beacon reported. "I know that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, the undivided capital of Israel, because when I visited the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, the Knesset, the very institutions of Israeli democracy, we meet in Jerusalem". "It's between us and occupation", Abbas said.
Trump's close dealings with the Saudi and Israeli governments also signified American uniting against Iranian influence in the region.
Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was caught on microphone badmouthing the media to President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, shortly after the two landed in Tel Aviv (video below). Trump was in Israel for 2 days, as part of his first trip overseas since being elected. "I think that gives us a better chance of having success in this issue".
Saudi Arabia certainly understands its oil dominance is gone and that America will play an important role in its stability-both economically and militarily.
Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, told AFP he was glad Trump's talk of peace "didn't lock us into a specific formula", referring to the two-state solution.
There were many unprecedented moments during the two-day Saudi-US summit in Riyadh in May.
"You can't just walk in on Day One and sign a deal that no one has gotten done in 35 years", said the official, who under the ground rules of the briefing could not be further identified. We are a country that once again will come alongside Israel in its political battles and in the defense of the country.
Israel seized east Jerusalem during the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move never recognized by the global community.