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Palestine boils as Trump meets Abbas



Trump and Abbas
Trump and Abbas: In search of Middle East peace

U.S. President Donald Trump is to meet the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on the final day of his visit to the Middle East.

Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct talks for more than three years and Mr Trump acknowledged it was “one of the toughest deals of all”.

But in both the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians held angry protests against the U.S. president’s visit.

On Monday, Mr Trump stressed the strong bonds between the U.S. and Israel.

Speaking about the prospect of a peace deal with the Palestinians, he said: “I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all.”

But he added that he had a “feeling that we’re going to get there eventually”.

He said he hoped his meeting with Mr Abbas, in Bethlehem, could be “useful and fruitful”.

Later on Tuesday Mr Trump will return to Jerusalem to visit the Vad Yashem Holocaust memorial and make a speech at the Israel Museum.

The two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories forms part of Mr Trump’s first foreign trip as U.S. president.

President Trump sees himself as a great dealmaker, with the personality to cut through the difficulties that have defeated lesser people.

The only credible ideas still require the creation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The reality is that the Israelis and Palestinians are way apart on the main issues which involve the future of east Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the borders of an independent Palestine.

The two sets of leaders also do not trust each other.

Read more: BBC

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