He met multiple times with Netanyahu, and said in a joint appearance with the prime minister Tuesday, "I can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace - and, from my meeting with my friend Benjamin Netanyahu, I can tell you Israelis are ready to reach for peace as well". "Making peace, however, will not be easy". Since 1967, the worldwide community - including the U.S. - has refused to officially recognize eastern Jerusalem and its Jewish holy sites as part of Israel. "So Trump is, in those remarks, kind of putting Israeli-Palestinian peace kind of in the center of the agenda".
"Once again we reassert to you our positions: accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel... and resolving longstanding issues based on worldwide law and agreements... in accordance with Arab peace initiative", Abbas said.
HE condemned terror and expressed confidence that peace could be achieved between Israel, the Palestinians and the wider Arab world.
Abbas stressed that "the problem is not between us and Judaism".
Abbas said the Palestinians' struggle is not with the Jewish religion, asserting that the "fundamental problem is with the occupation, the settlements and Israel's failure to recognize Palestine". But Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced during his previous stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the Jewish state in a move never recognized by the worldwide community.
Yet some Israeli officials are less certain of Trump.
Netanyahu must deal with opposition from rightist elements within his coalition who oppose any steps towards a two-state solution to the decades-long conflict.
Netanyahu's tone was somewhat less upbeat, with sharp criticism for Abbas. The US has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Old City seized in the 1967 war.
When asked about the affair in a radio interview, Avigdor Lieberman said Israel made a "specific correction" in its dealings with the U.S. If negotiations were to resume, they needed to be about the core issues, not talks about talks, he said.
Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and former adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said Trump's vapid rhetoric about "peace" in the region is futile. "We are ready. Everything is ready". But the two have more recently appeared eager to find common ground, with Trump saying he has "a lot of respect" for the pope and the pontiff telling a recent news conference to "look for the doors that are at least a little bit open".