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Trump: Palestinian, Israeli leaders ready to ‘reach for peace’

May 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Palestinians demonstrate outside the Mahd Church as the US President Donald Trump meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, West Bank on May 22, 2017 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]

US President Donald Trump said today that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were prepared to “reach for peace”, even as he cautioned that a deal will not be easily achieved.

I had a meeting this morning with President Abbas and can tell you that the Palestinians are ready to reach for peace

Trump said in speech at the Israel Museum.

“In my meeting with my very good friend Benjamin, I can tell you also, that he is reaching for peace. He wants peace,” he said.

Making peace, however, will not be easy. We all know that. Both sides will face tough decisions. But with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, Israelis and Palestinians can make a deal.