Trump vowed to work as a “mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator” to help create “peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”
U.S. President Donald Trump’s met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the White House Wednesday and mouthed with conviction his ability to broker a permanent peace pact to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing that it would be the “toughest deal.”
Trump vowed to work as a “mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator” to help bring “peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”
“There’s such hatred, but hopefully there won’t be such hatred for very long,” Trump said after meeting with Abbas in the Roosevelt Room.
The Palestinian leader expressed his support for a two-state solution to the conflict — which is not supported by the majority of Palestinians — as well as the longheld Palestinian desire for a capital in East Jerusalem. He also welcomed Trump as a mediator in the peace negotiations.
“I believe that we are capable under your leadership and your courageous stewardship and your wisdom, as well as your great negotiating ability … we believe that we can be partners, true partners, to you to bring about a historic peace treaty,” said Abbas.
Trump also hinted at having the Oslo Accords, which Abbas signed onto as the Palestinian negotiator in 1993, as a blueprint for the so-called “final and most important peace agreement.