In the spirit of the many American presidents who have already tried and failed, President Trump’s first attempt to restart peace negotiations in the Middle East will begin at the White House on Wednesday, when he meets face-to-face for the first time with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Trump is expected to negotiate two big issues of contention between Palestine and Israel:
- Abbas stopping giving money to the families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, which Israel sees as rewarding terrorists.
- Palestinians stopping all anti-Israel rhetoric, especially that which calls for violent action.
Trump is also expected to take this opportunity with Mahmoud to discuss ways in which the United States might help improve economic conditions in his country.
Always pro-Israel, Trump appeared to shun the Palestinian president earlier this year. But, with polls showing that two-thirds of Palestinians now want him to resign, Abbas could use some positive press at this time.
Former secretary of state John Kerry was the last diplomat to approach the subject of peace talks between the warring factions in 2014, but he failed miserably.
It’s been reported that Abbas is hoping that speaking with Trump will forge “a new beginning.”
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