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Trump and Abbas State Desire for Peace, But Differ on Specifics

Grant Rumley
4th May 2017 - Quoted by Sean Savage - The Algemeiner

US President Donald Trump and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas met for the first time at the White House on Wednesday, as Trump’s nascent administration is making a fresh bid to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

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Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told JNS.org that it was apparent from their language how far apart the two leaders might be on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I think it’s noticeable that Trump referenced peace, while Abbas referenced the two-state solution,” Rumley said.

“I think fundamentally, the two sides are going to have divergent views on just where they see this relationship going,” Rumley said. “Trump wants a deal, however that may look. Abbas wants the traditional two-state solution peace process.”

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This is not a sign of moderation, so much as a ploy to end the faction’s international isolation,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said in a policy memo. “The other element of this new document is the internal Palestinian political angle. In acknowledging the 1967 borders and dropping its call for Israel’s destruction, Hamas is making a play at the rival party Fatah’s supporters.”

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abbas, palestinian-politics, trump