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Trump Makes Stop in Israel and Palestine, Criticized Iran

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While U.S. President Trump’s first foreign tour appears to have gone off without a hitch, his visit to Palestine does not seem to have impressed many of the Palestinians who live and work there. President Trump made a brief trip to the West Bank on Tuesday for talks in the town of Bethlehem with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, after his visit with Israel on Monday.

Part of his visit in Israel included a symbolic visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which made him the first sitting U.S. President to visit the site. He also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

His visit to Palestine included delivering remarks in front of a backdrop of Palestinian flags, but Trump didn’t mention a two-state solution, as has been mentioned in the past.

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Hanan Ashrawi

“There’s not much detail there, as usual. It’s still in the realm of generalizations rather than a specific strategy or approach,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization. “He’s still on a learning curve, and peacemaking is not a business deal.”

Trump has spoken of being a mediator, arbitrator or a facilitator in the peace process between Palestine and Israel. Additionally, he has made comments about reviving the now-stalled peace process, but there has been little details of how he intends to do so.

“I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get there eventually, I hope,” said Trump in comments before a dinner at Netanyahu’s residence on Monday.

He also made comments regarding Iran, noting that they should never be allowed to have nuclear weapons and criticizing Tehran for supporting terrorists, referencing its militant groups throughout the region. Trump also said that Iran should have thanked the U.S. for the 2015 nuclear agreement, because it led to sanctions being lifted. “Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they now feel emboldened,” said Trump.

 

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