Donald Trump vows he can get peace deal 'done' between Israel and Palestinians

James Tennent
Donald Trump and Mohamoud Abbas shake hands

US President Donald Trump has said that he will "do whatever is necessary" to reach a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians pledging that "we will get it done."

After a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Trump said: "I want to support you in being the Palestinian leader who signs his name to the final and most important peace agreement that brings safety, stability, prosperity to both peoples and to the region."

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Trump met with Abbas in the Oval Office earlier on Wednesday (3 May). The president also said he would "love to be a mediator, an arbitrator or a facilitator" in talks.

Though he said "we will get it done", Trump also gave the caveat that a deal could not "be imposed by the United States or any other nation".

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"Over the course of my lifetime, I've always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians," Trump, would cast himself as a master deal-maker, said, "let's see if we can prove them wrong, OK?"

Abbas praised Trump, saying they could be "true partners" in bringing about an "historic peace treaty". Abbas also said that he's hopeful of bringing about peace along 1967 borders, "based on the vision of two states."

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Also on Wednesday, several thousand Palestinians rallied in West Bank to support prisoners on hunger strike, amid calls for a new campaign of civil disobedience against Israel.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has urged Israeli authorities to stop the "systematic suspension" of family visits for the hunger strikers.

Qadoura Fares, head of a Palestinian prisoners rights group, told the gathering that Israel had to negotiate with the leaders of the strike and accept their demands.

He called for a "popular intifada (uprising) in support of the intifada of the prisoners", adding that the international community's silence "is encouraging the Nazi-like occupation," Associated Press reported.

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