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Netanyahu first reaction: Abbas lied to Trump

14 Mai 2017

Donald Trump removed a tweet from his personal Twitter account on Thursday in which he said it was "an honor" to host Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House.

"Trump neglected all the promises and the context of the speeches of his predecessors, mainly in relation to backing the two-state solution to resolve the conflict between the two sides that has been going on for so many decades", said Awwad. The President was clear that only by working together can the parties reach an agreement but he concluded "we will get this done".

President Donald Trump's Wednesday meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to go off without a hitch - but what happened hours after the visit ended has left some scratching their heads.

But Abbas maintained that the two-state solution, if achieved, would have dramatic effects on the region, including the normalization of ties between Israel and Arab and Islamic countries. Palestinian statehood has been the objective of successive United States administrations and the worldwide community.

"Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians", he added.

"Every president, when they come into office, thinks they can bring about an Israel-Palestinian deal", said James Gelvin, professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Trump, who said he made a decision to "start a process" but offered no new policy prescriptions or timetable, may be underestimating the challenge when trust between the two sides is low, analysts said. That has sparked speculation about a meeting among the three. They said the Israeli High Court said lawyers should be allowed to visit striking prisoners.

The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference that the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues. But it was far less chummy than the way Trump and Netanyahu interacted in February.

Weakened by rivals back home, he was anxious to meet with President Trump and solidify his position as chief broker for the Palestinians.

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He added, "It's about time for Israel to end its occupation of our people and our land".

"Trump and Abbas reaffirmed the commitment of both the United States and the Palestinian Authority to achieve a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians", the White House said.

Abbas is hamstrung by the fact that his Palestinian Authority does not control all Palestinian territory, since the militant Hamas movement seized control in the Gaza Strip in 2007.

During his four months in office, Trump has struggled to translate his skill in achieving business deals into effective governance.

Despite the lack of specifics, Abbas described his meeting with Trump as positive and said that "we build hopes on it".

Hamas has said it would not bow to pressure from Abbas.

Trump has tasked his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt with tackling the issue.

But Trump's unpredictability has even at times rattled a close ally like Israel.