Wed, Dec. 6, 2017: Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump has announced that the US formally recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will begin the process of moving its embassy to the city, breaking with decades of US policy.

Here is the transcript of that announcement, made in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Wednesday, December 6. Continue reading “Wed, Dec. 6, 2017: Trump announces U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”

Wed, Sept. 20, 2017: Trump meets with leaders of Jordan, Palestine, UK, and Egypt

9:30 am: Meets with King Abdullah of Jordan; Lotte New York Palace Hotel

10:30 am: Meets Palestinian Authority President Abbas; Lotte New York Palace Hotel

1:15 pm: Working lunch with African leaders; Lotte New York Palace Hotel

3:00 pm: Meets with UK Prime Minister May; Lotte New York Palace Hotel

4:30 pm: Meets with Egyptian President el-Sisi; Lotte New York Palace Hotel

Tue, May 23, 2017: Trump in West Bank: Meets with Abbas, talks peace with Israel

A high-stakes meeting with Mahmoud Abbas will mark Trump’s second sit-down with the Palestinian Authority’s president.

Making progress toward an ever-elusive peace deal between Arabs and Jews is the most crucial foreign policy objective of the trip, according to White House insiders.

  • Meets with Mr. Abbas.
  • Lays a wreath at the Holocaust memorial museum.
  • Gives speech at the Israel Museum before departing for Rome.

Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump meets with Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas, wants Mideast peace deal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. In their preliminary statements, Trump declared that he is committed to working with Israel and the Palestinians to reach an agreement and claimed that no accord can be imposed by a third party.

“The Palestinians and the Israelis must work to reach an agreement that will allow both people to live, worship, thrive, and prosper in peace,” said President Trump. “I would like to be a mediator or a facilitator to anything they wish to do and we will will get this done.”

President Abbas reiterated the Palestinian position supporting the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. He asserted that a comprehensive peace agreement would give impetus to both the Arab Peace Initiative and the fight against the Islamic State.

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Wed, May 3, 2017: Trump meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:55 am: Begins meetings with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

12:15 pm: Gives a joint statement with President Abbas; Roosevelt Room

12:30 pm: Has a working luncheon with President Abbas; Cabinet Room

5:30 pm: Has dinner with religious leaders; Blue Room

Fri, Mar. 10, 2017: Trump speaks with Mahmoud Abbas, invites him to White House

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, an Abbas spokesman said, after the two leaders spoke by phone for the first time since Trump took office.

“President Trump has extended an official invitation to President Abbas to visit the White House soon to discuss ways to resume the political process, stressing his commitment to a peace process that will lead to a real peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” said Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer in Washington later confirmed Trump had invited Abbas to a meeting at the White House very soon. Continue reading “Fri, Mar. 10, 2017: Trump speaks with Mahmoud Abbas, invites him to White House”

Wed, Feb. 15, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with Netanyahu, asks him to ‘hold off’ on settlements (Video)

President Donald Trump said he would support the peace agreement Israel and Palestinians “like the best” in a joint press conference during which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu railed against Palestinian efforts to reach a deal.

“I’m looking at two state and one state. And I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said when asked about a peace agreement. Continue reading “Wed, Feb. 15, 2017: Trump holds joint press conference with Netanyahu, asks him to ‘hold off’ on settlements (Video)”