“This is a huge achievement, on a historic scale, and a big win for anyone opposed to the mistaken and dangerous idea of a Palestinian terror state in the heart of Israel.” -Likud minister Ofir Akunis

Valerie Locke : May 23, 2017 : Breaking Israel News

(Israel)—[Breaking Israel News] Perhaps the most significant words in President Donald Trump’s joint statement with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday were the ones he didn’t say: two-state solution. (Photo via BIN)

Trump met with Abbas for the second time this month in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, outside Jerusalem, while on a diplomatic visit to Israel. Both Israeli and Palestinian spectators were listening closely for any signal that Trump had shifted his language or agenda to accommodate the creation of a “Palestinian state” as part of a possible plan to kick-start peace talks between the two sides.

However, the president remained silent on the subject, though he said that he was “truly hopeful” about America’s role in helping Israel and the Palestinians forge peace.

He touched on what has become a common theme throughout his Israel visit, asserting, “If Israelis and the Palestinians can make peace, it will begin a process of peace throughout the Middle East.”

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