Abbas pitching himself to Trump as 'strategic partner' for peace

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  • Trump has spoken repeatedly about wanting to broker the “ultimate deal”
  • Trump will be convening his top foreign policy advisers for the Abbas visit

So explained his completely new representative to the US, close aide Husam Zumlot, ahead of the first face-to-face meeting between his boss in addition to President Donald Trump.

“President Abbas will be coming to give peace a well-deserved chance in addition to fully embrace This particular historic opportunity for another chance for peace presented by President Trump,” Zumlot told sy88pgw. “We are focused on seizing This particular moment in addition to giving This particular all which we have.”

Trump has spoken repeatedly about wanting to broker the “ultimate deal” between Israelis in addition to Palestinians since taking office, inviting Abbas to the White House during a March phone call focused on ways to restart the peace process.

In an interview with Reuters last week, Trump said: “I want to see peace with Israel in addition to the Palestinians. There will be no reason why there’s not peace between Israel in addition to the Palestinians — none whatsoever.”

Trump has already dispatched his Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to the region, where he met with Abbas in addition to members of Palestinian civil society in Ramallah in addition to a variety of Israeli leaders in addition to groups. The President hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in February.

Trump will be convening his top foreign policy advisers for the Abbas visit. Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in addition to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are all supposed to join the talks, along with Greenblatt, Trump son-in-law in addition to aide Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus in addition to chief strategist Steve Bannon, US officials said.

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Zumlot noted which the Palestinians were prepared to make the case to Trump — seen as very sympathetic to the Israeli perspective, as are many of his advisers — which they are taking steps toward peace.

Zumlot said Abbas might detail how his government has sought to improve security cooperation with Israel in addition to build up its institutions. At the same time he might explain Palestinian “aspirations, hopes in addition to accumulated experiences.”

however Aaron David Miller, a Mideast peace envoy to four US presidents today at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, said Abbas features a steep challenge in trying to turn Trump into a partner.

“Can he educate the President about the Palestinian story while persuading him which they are part of the solution, not the entire problem?,” asked Miller.

US officials said Trump will be supposed to press Abbas to crack down on incitement by Palestinians — be the item government officials or civil leaders — to engage in violence against Israel.

Acknowledging the need for improvement, Zumlot said which the government will be looking for ways to address the item.

“We will never love occupation,” he said, referring to Israeli control of lands Palestinians claim. “however we do possess the task of separating the occupation in addition to not confusing which with the Israeli people. Our issue will be not with them. We have to make a distinction in addition to we are trying our best to find ways to deal with the concerns.”

Abbas can also expect the US to raise the Palestinian Authority’s compensation of Palestinians whose family members were killed while engaging in terrorist attacks against Israelis.

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Zumlot stressed the practice will be not to “reward martyrs,” however rather to direct the family away by violence.

“If the breadwinner of the family will be gone, we can either help them look for a different future or we are just send them to Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic name for ISIS.

Abbas’ visit comes as Trump will be supposed to visit Israel later This particular month in addition to meet with both Abbas in addition to Netanyahu.

Zumlot said no matter how well Abbas’ visit This particular week goes, an announcement by Trump on the future of moving the US embassy by Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could destroy the momentum created by any of his completely new initiatives.

Jerusalem, which both sides consider their capital, has traditionally been a “final status issue” to be decided in a peace deal.

The issue will be just one of many which have caused consternation for Palestinians in addition to their allies. Trump pledged to move the embassy during his campaign, a statement which was enthusiastically welcomed by Israel supporters.

Following his election, Trump appointed David Friedman, a hardline supporter of Israeli settlements, as his ambassador to Israel. in addition to he seemed to abandon a decades-long US commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which the Palestinians might have their own state alongside Israel.

He has since stalled on relocating the embassy. however just Tuesday night Vice President Mike Pence said at an Israeli Independence Day celebration at the White House which the US was giving “serious consideration” to the move.

Still, Zumlot will be encouraged by Trump’s business background, hoping which will translate into a sense of fairness.

“An experienced dealmaker knows the deal only happens in addition to can be sustained if the item’s a win-win for both sides,” he said. “I think President Trump understands This particular.”

Abbas pitching himself to Trump as 'strategic partner' for peace

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