Why Trump is on track to disappoint Israel's Netanyahu

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2017

Israeli right-wingers got what they saw as a major endorsement for their policies when US President Donald Trump failed to publicly mention a Palestinian state even one time during his two-day visit.

As Daniel pointed out, Trump came face to face with a major symbol of Israel's occupation during his journey to Bethlehem this morning "when his motorcade sped through a gap in the Israeli separation barrier that separates Israel from the West Bank". During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, the president said he'd support either one or two states.

Trump went on to say that he is "personally committed" to helping Israel and Palestinians reach a lasting peace, acknowledging that promises for such a deal have been made but, in an apparent reference to his record of dealmaking in business, he said, "That's what I do".

The problem isn't that Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu don't want peace, or agree that other Arab leaders could play a role.

U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday vowed to do "everything I can" to bring peace to the Middle East, echoing sentiments of several of his predecessors who tried and failed to achieve the same goal. He'll close his ambitious first foreign trip at a pair of summits in Brussels and Sicily, where his reception from European leaders may be less effusive than his welcome in Israel and Saudi Arabia, his opening stop on the trip.

Palestinians yesterday gathered to protest at various places in the territories against Trump's visit and over conditions in Israeli prisons and at military checkpoints around the West Bank.

Anti-Trump demonstrators protest near the American Consulate in Jerusalem. Wearing a black skullcap, he became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the most holy site at which Jews can pray.

Netanyahu and Abbas were not scheduled to meet during Trump's visit.

The visit raised questions about whether the USA would indicate the site is Israeli territory.

A Palestinian man was killed after an attempted stabbing at a checkpoint just outside Jerusalem shortly after Trump had entered the Old City, according to Israeli police. Trump himself never commented.

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