KEITH: Trump was sharing the stage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reported back about his earlier meeting with the Palestinian leader, Abbas.
"There were very substantive discussions in Israel with both Netanyahu as well as Abbas".
Trump acknowledged the difficulty in sealing what he has called "the ultimate deal", but said in his keynote speech at the Israel Museum on Tuesday morning, "The Palestinians are ready for peace ..."
Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, but Palestinians insist that the city's mostly Arab eastern part be the capital of any future state. Trump spoke of reviving long-stalled peace efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians, but few specifics have emerged of how he intends to do so. Awni al-Mashni, a member of the Fatah movement, the dominant faction within the PA, told MEE, "even if Abbas has agreed to give up Jerusalem, no one can impose anything on the Palestinian people, and the Palestinian people won't allow that to happen".
Obama "glossed over Israel's security needs and pressed (Israel) to make concessions to the Palestinians, he said". When asked about the two-state solution, Trump said he would not rule out any option, saying, in a break from decades-old USA policy, that he was "looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like".
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The massive ancient reservoirs that remain viewable today in Jerusalem's Old City had serviced Jews making pilgrimages to the. President Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith. He will 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.
"This is what I've spent the last few days talking about during my trip overseas", Trump said.
Mr Abbas' Fatah party is at sharp odds with Islamist group Hamas, which is in power in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, leaving no unified Palestinian position on peace.
Asked about his exchange with the United States president, Hazan told media that he was often referred to as the "Israeli Trump". President Trump again stressed his belief that peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible.
Israel and the Palestinians have not held direct talks for more than three years and Trump acknowledged it was "one of the toughest deals of all". Trump specifically raised the issue of the Palestinian Authority subsidizing the families of Palestinians who were killed attacking Israelis or who are in jail because they attacked Israelis. Trump is due to meet Pope Francis on Wednesday, becoming the 13th president to visit the Vatican.