Trump meets with Palestinian Authority President Abbas in Bethlehem

Trump will next visit Yad Vashem and then give a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem: Abbas centers meeting on “occupation”; Trump: I truly believe if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace it will begin a process for peace in the Middle East.

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President Trump continued his tour in Israel traveling to Bethlehem for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Trump and Abbas met privately Tuesday morning before they both gave a joint press conference.

Abbas focused on the “occupation”, the Palestinian Auhtority President claiming that the “the conflict is not between religions”. Abbas stated in the press conference that the Palestinians are “are keen to open the door to dialogue with our Israeli neighbors in order to create a genuine peace,” adding the Palestinian problem is “with the occupation and settlements and the failure of Israel to recognize the state of Palestine in the same way we recognize it. The problem is not between us and Judaism, it is between us and occupation.”

Trump spoke of his strong belief in the peace process. He stated that “In the spirit of hope we come to Bethlehem asking God for a more peaceful, safe and far more tolerant world for all of us. Peace is a choice we must make each day and the US is here to make that dream possible for young Jewish, Muslim and Christian children. I truly believe if Israel and the Palestinians can make peace it will begin a process for peace in the Middle East.”

President Trump will next travel back to Jerusalem where he will visit Israel’s national Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. The president will then visit the Israel Museum where he will give a speech before ending his tour and leaving for Rome, Italy.