Trump: Middle East peace is ‘not as difficult as people have thought

President Trump met with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
President Trump met with the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, in the Oval Office on Wednesday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

U.S. President Donald Trump told Palestinian leaders visiting the White House Wednesday that he does not think achieving peace in the Middle East will be as difficult as previously thought.

Sitting down to lunch with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and senior U.S. and Palestinian officials, Trump said securing a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians after more than six decades of conflict was “frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”

He added that he believed both parties were willing to negotiate. “We need two willing parties. We believe Israel is willing, we believe you’re willing, and if you both are willing, we’re going to make a deal,” he said, according to Reuters.

Immediately after his meeting in the Oval Office with Abbas—the first time the two men have met—Trump said he would “”to do whatever is necessary” to broker a peace deal. He said he would act as mediator between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I’m committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement,” Trump said, in comments released by the White House. But any agreement cannot be imposed by the United States or by any other nation. The Palestinians and Israelis must work together to reach an agreement that allows both peoples to live, worship, and thrive and prosper in peace.”

In his first reaction to the White House meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Palestinians “name their schools after mass murderers of Israelis and they pay terrorists.”

Netanyahu criticized Abbas for telling Trump that Palestinians sought to impart a “culture of peace” to their children, the Times of Israel reported. The Israeli prime minister remarked the statement was “unfortunately not true.”

Netanyahu, who met Trump in Washington in February, said Thursday he “fervently shares” the U.S. president’s commitment to advancing peace.

“I hope that it’s possible to achieve a change and to pursue a genuine peace. This is something Israel is always ready for. I’m always ready for genuine peace,” Netanyahu said, before a sit-down with Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu.

Of all the U.S. presidents that have tried and failed to solve the Middle East’s most intractable conflict, Bill Clinton was perhaps the most successful; he brought together Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1993 to sign the Oslo Accords.

In 1995, Rabin was assassinated by a radical right-wing Israeli for his role in the deal and by 2000 the Second Intifada—’uprising’ in English—led to open warfare between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the West Bank and Gaza. In November 2004, Yasser Arafat died in a Paris hospital after falling ill during a protracted siege of his compound in Ramallah by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

In January 2008, George W. Bush called on Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank and predicted that a peace deal would be signed before he left office. But by the time Barack Obama took over the following year, talks had reached another stalemate.

As Secretary of State from 2013, John Kerry was optimistic about securing a deal until talks broke down in April 2014. The war in Gaza broke out just months later.

Trump’s attitude to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been inconsistent since he took office in January.

In a February meeting with Netanyahu he appeared to drop Washington’s longstanding commitment to eventually reaching a two-state solution—under which an independent Palestinian state would exist alongside Israel— and angered Palestinians by threatening to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

But he also invited Abbas and his cabinet to Washington and has been outspoken in his criticism of Israel over its settlement building in the West Bank.

Following his meeting with Trump, Abbas reiterated his demands for a Palestinianstate based on borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day War, with its capital in East Jerusalem.




57 responses to “Trump: Middle East peace is ‘not as difficult as people have thought”

  1. Arzna Avatar

    “Middle East peace is ‘not as difficult as people have thought”
    Talk is cheap

    1. man-o-war Avatar

      Just give it a week. Then it will be, “nobody knew that Middle East peace would be so difficult”

  2. (正名) So called in 1964 Falestinians are usual Orabians. So called “West Bank” (of what?) is occupied by Orabians Judea and Samaria. Falestinian Kingdom is Jordan. “If the names are wrong, then the words have no basis. If words are not based on reason, then cases can not be carried out”

    1. man-o-war Avatar

      Dat’s racist, “West Bank” is occupied by heavily armed illegal settlers trying to reclaim what they say is their God given land, and they’re from Brooklyn.

      1. You are racist, not me. “Settlers” is racist politically corrected jews. You want prohibit jews to live in Judea and Samaria, you are racist

        1. man-o-war Avatar

          If Jewish settlers want to live in the West Bank then the Palestinians should be able to live wherever they want in Israel. Also, Jewish only settlements in occupied territories shouldn’t be allowed.

          Calling settlers living in settlements in occupied territories is not racist you imbecile. You just make shit up as you go along, just like Palestinians were invented in 1964. I’m not racist, but you are a religious bigot, which is proven when you called Islam a satanic cult. You can’t run from your own words you idiot.

          1. you can only insult and you are, sorry, primitive. Can jews live in orabian settlements? Don’t be idiot yourself. Falsetinians invented in 1964 like West Bank in 1948,7340,L-4206945,00.html , it is fact. Islam is humanitarian catastrophe (mostly) is fact (you can not recognise)

          2. man-o-war Avatar

            Oh really, my apologies vs. I didn’t know about that Ynet article, but i’ve read it and am convinced you’re right. falestinians are indeed fake and invented to push Jews into the sea. They need to be eliminated and kicked out of Judea and Samaria once and for all. They can go to Jordan for all I care. The biblical lands will be reclaimed by their rightful owner the Jewish peoples.

            I’ve also done some in-depth research on and regarding Islam and have come to the same conclusion as you. The Islamic satanic cult is creating a humanitarian catastrophe in Orabian countries and in European countries. Their ultimate goal is world domination and the peaceful righteous people of the world must stop them in their tracks.

            Thank you for opening up my eyes. Apologize for my dirty hateful ways towards you in the past. I had no idea what was happening because I was not looking in the right places. Thank you again.

            -Good day sir

          3. (multipolarization) 信言不美,美言不信。善者不辯,辯者不善。知者不博,博者不知。聖人不積,既以為人己愈有,既以與人己愈多。天之道,利而不害;聖人之道,為而不爭。

          4. man-o-war Avatar

            I’m sorry brother vs, I don’t read Chinese.

          5. Yes this is not modern Chinese, for Google difficult to translate
            You also can not read Phoenician translation (Have You font support like Omega?)
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            You can translate from Hebrew with Google Translate

            האמירות הנכונות לא יפות
            המילים היפות לא משכנעות

            לא מוצאים את האמת בוויכוחים
            המתווכח והאמת אחד מהשני בורחים

            יכולת לראות את האמת אינה קשורה להשכלה־ריכוש
            מי־יודע־הכול אין־לו־ידע פירוש

            מי שאוסף באופן מטופש את הידע אינו חכם
            רק זה הוסיף לחוכמתו אשר־נתן־תרם

            כמו דאו־של־שמים לתת חיים לכל העולם בלי נזקים
            כך דאו־של־חכם ליצור ולא להכנס לוויכוחים

          6. man-o-war Avatar

            No I don’t font support. Google translate was cryptic, but I think you accepted my very very sincere apology. Take care of yourself and stay classy. xoxo

          7. You can get font support (for Phoenician f.e.) here

          8. Niemals Avatar

            Man-o-war is lazy, pretending about “Google translate was cryptic”… ????

          9. Hi Niemals, are You see Phoenician?

          10. Niemals Avatar

            Phoenician is not in my repertoire, nor is any other middle eastern language.

          11. you can upgrade your system or download some google noto fonts
            אתה יכול לשדרג את המערכת או להוריד כמה גופנים
            are You see Hebrew?

          12. Niemals Avatar

            I can see and translate Hebrew as well as other languages with the help of Google translate.

            Google translate is not perfect, but very useful.

          13. Thank You, this are words of 81 chapter of Dao De Ching. Wisdom, truth are scarcity, smart comments are rare. We must be smart to use Google translate, this is AI (artificial intellect) Also you can find chinese room Here is Russian “translation” (not GT):

            Речь верная красивой не бывает,
            Красивые слова не убеждают.

            Достоинство себя не в споре выражает,
            Кто спорит – истиной не обладает.

            Познанье истины – не есть образование,
            А сумма сведений – еще не знание.

            Кто тупо копит знания, ума не проявляет.
            Мудрец, чем больше отдает, тем больше обретает.

            Как Дао Неба – миру жизнь давать, не принося вреда,
            Так Дао мудрого – творить и не вступать в дебаты никогда

            Dao De Ching is treasure

          14. HebAlba Avatar

            Stop spamming.

          15. Shame on you, where you see spam? Try translate from Hebrew, don’t be fool, primitive. Upgrade your computer to see Phoenician, for you Phoenician language is spam???????

          16. HebAlba Avatar

            I don’t read Phoenician, you fill pages with off topic discussion.

          17. What topic? Trump? ME? Peace? It will be a bit more real peace if you and others will start to know, recognize a bit Phoenician and Aramaic, not only English, French and Orabic. I’m filling pages with lateral topics for whole, wide picture, we must not only consume content, we can control and even create? content. Don’t be conformist

          18. Niemals Avatar

            Topic or not topic, here come some news from Hind Abyad News Channel;
            auf Deutsch – “Syrische Armee erzielt wichtige Fortschritte in östlichem Außenbezirk von Damaskus” Stay tuned more is coming

          19. Hind can work as her loved Assad supporter, consultant, adviser, minister (may be Assad reading yalibnan)

          20. Niemals Avatar

            Hind is to preoccupied with the Jews that are flooding us (EU) with immigrants….
  , that means she have no time over for Al-Assad.

            Probably because we are ‘sending’ you Jews ???? to your compatriots in Israel…

          21. Gaza, Judea, Samaria, Israel are not wrong names for Falestine (South Syria?) (East Jordania?). If William Shakespeare was living now, what he will say? Please stop your war with Israel

    2. Hannibal Avatar

      Let me educate you my fellow Persian 😛
      Bible written by Jews — Joel 3:4 … and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Sidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head;
      That was written in 450 BC… Long before Rome called the area Palestina.
      So the people who lived there, Aramaic, Jews and Arabs are ALL Palestinians.

      1. Sorry, not “Falestine” but פלשת Pileshet and one tribe of people were Sea People Philistines not Falestinians. Weak connection to modern Orabian Hamasians and Fatahlandians. I’m not Persian, Hannibal, i’m Jew

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          That explains everything 😛 The Jews always scolded their prophets… Even Joel did not convince you 😉 You MUST be a Jew.

          1. I’m also respect much Karl Marx)

        2. man-o-war Avatar

          Persian Jews exist, I’m surprised you didn’t know that. Have you ever watched the Shahs of Sunset? The gay guy in the show is a Persian Jew

          1. Why you say i didn’t know, i know. Kudos to Iran, but in Orabian 22! “countries” can you see jews? yes a little? Also Judea must be Orabian “country”?

          2. man-o-war Avatar

            Oh ok, I assumed that because you said “I’m not Persian , I’m Jew”. Yeah Orabians 22 also have Jew, but most went to settle their biblical lands. Orabian Jew are good people.

          3. ⴷⵉⵀⵢⴰ (support for Berber Tifinagh script you can get here I’m a mixture of Berber with Persian (Jew:)

          4. man-o-war Avatar

            Good mix. My computer doesn’t support those fonts, it’s too old.

          5. MS Win 10 can support (thanks, already out of the box) Linux has support out of the box long time ago. Someday you can upgrade if you want, but better i think to switch to Linux, f.e. or you can download any Noto font now to support

          6. HebAlba Avatar

            Can you see Christians in 22 Orabian “country”?

          7. I’m sorry Orabians (Muslims?) mostly can not tolerate others, or jews, or christians, or zoroastrians, or bahai. Last news:

            ISIS ‘Rumiyah’ Magazine In French: Anyone Who Participates In
            Elections Is An Infidel; Muslims In France Should Achieve Martyrdom By
            Killing Candidates And Burning Polling Stations I’m affraid ISIS is true Islam, “moderate” muslims like infidels for them

          8. HebAlba Avatar

            Memri? Oh please! You ARE the racist bigot
            The nicest people on Board of Directors (2011)
            Oliver “Buck” Revell: Former FBI
            Elliott Abrams: Former White House Assistant
            Steve Emerson: Executive Director, Investigative Project
            Jeffrey Kaufman: Partner at OSMMN
            Robert Reilly: Former Pentagon AdvisorBoard of Advisers (2011)
            Bernard Lewis, Princeton University.
            Elie Wiesel
            Gen. Michael V. Hayden, retired Air Force general
            Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense
            James Woolsey, Former CIA Director
            John Bolton, Former US Ambassador to the UN
            John Ashcroft, Former Attorney General
            Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister of Israel
            Irwin Cotler, Former Attorney General of Canada
            Mort Zuckerman, Chairman, U.S. News & World Report
            Chin Ho Lee, former FBI Special Agent
            Michael Mukasey, Former U.S. Attorney General
            Norman Podhoretz, Former editor-in-chief, Commentary Magazine
            William Bennett, Former Secretary of Education
            Christopher DeMuth, Former President, AEI
            Paul Bremer, Former Head, Iraqi Occupation Forces
            George Weidenfeld, Oxford University Development Program
            Yehuda Bauer, International Institute for Holocaust Research
            Alfred Moses, Former Ambassador to Romania
            Herb London, President, Hudson Institute
            Stuart Eizenstat, former ambassador EU
            Josef Joffe, Editor-in-Chief, Die Zie
            Natan Sharanksy, former Israeli Minister
            Edgar Bronfman, Former president of the World Jewish Congress
            Max Kampelman, Former Ambassador
            Jana Hybaskova, Former Chair of Czech European Democrats
            Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law School
            Yohanan Friedmann, Hebrew University

            ..all AshkeNazi Zionistes

          9. I’m not racist (in reality). May be i’m a bit fanatic in something, what is wrong? I’m understand you don’t like MEMRI. Try to find not fake here I think MEMRI was not fake

          10. +AshkeNazi Zionistes+ you are deeply illiterate and hateful racist anti Israel jews and
            mentally diseased

      2. HebAlba Avatar

        “Persian Jews”, after WWI the English changed the name of Mesopotamia to Iraq, Persia to Iran.

        “Iran Jews reject cash offer to move to Israel
        Expats offer families £30,000 to emigrate

        Our identity is not for sale, say community leaders
        “It suggests the Iranian Jew can be encouraged to emigrate by money,” he said. “Iran’s Jews have always been free to emigrate and three-quarters of them did so after the revolution but 70% of those went to America, not Israel.”

          1. HebAlba Avatar

            Wikipedia is the Babel Tower; scripted, edited, unedited, reedited deleted, no thanks.

          2. Aim of Wikipedia was not creation for fools. It is funny or ugly to see how you looking for and copy pasting mostly garbage news from sites in internet and blaming just Wikipedia. For you, lazy illiterate, sorry, fool: link is about Rita Israeli singer from Iran. But wait, how you responding me if you blocked me? It will be O.K. if you will ignore my comments

          3. HebAlba Avatar

            Because i took a rest of your blabla.

          4. Please, you can ignore my blabla

          5. HebAlba Avatar

            I do

          6. How i can believe you, you are woman

          7. HebAlba Avatar

            you can believe a woman when she’s fed up, i will not ignore if it’s intelligent not racist

          8. Sorry, correct yourself, “racist” term has definition, for me you are racist (hating Israeli jews and Israeli lol “wahhabian” orabians). Please start to learn good things

  3. Andre Avatar

    That would be something if this bozo can facilitate an agreement between these two. Using biblical BS as “the promised land” is just that BULLSHIT. And the stupid Palestinian’s need to accept the reality and work with the European settlers/occupiers to make the most of it.
    The other option is business as usual!

    BS: if you’re Jewish, Israel is not your homeland!

    1. “Your” point of view is wrong and not helpful for peace. Israel is refugee camp for jews, but not only for jews. “Settlers/occupiers is racist terminology for (not political correctly) jews of Judea and Samaria

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