Trump suggests 'good chance' for Mideast peace

'We will get it done': Trump on Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Abbas, meanwhile, highlighted specific demands that the Palestinians will stick to in talks with Israel: a two-state solution with Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state and Israel returning to its 1967 borders and ending its 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Trump noted that over the course of his life he'd heard "that perhaps the toughest deal to make" is the one between Israel and Palestine.

In lieu of moving the embassy, some in the administration had floated the idea of the new USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, living in Jerusalem instead of the official residence in a Tel Aviv suburb. Abbas has been in power since 2005, and new elections were blocked partly because of a rivalry with the Hamas militant group.

But there is another point of view on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

The deleted tweet included a two-minute video compilation from Trump and Abbas' discussions on Wednesday, including positive statement about the peace process made by Trump himself and by his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in addition to a warm handshake between the two leaders.

The tweet about Mahmoud Abbas that Donald Trump deleted after his meeting with the Palestinian leader at the White House.

"I would like you to hold back on settlements for a little bit", Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, according to NBC News. Israel has rejected the 1967 lines as a possible border, saying it would impose security risks.

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Abbas, speaking through a translator, told Trump that under "your courageous stewardship and your wisdom, as well as your great negotiations ability", the Palestinians would be partners seeking a "historic peace treaty".

Prospects for renewed talks are sketchy, though. According to the Palestinian president, he presented Trump with his position on a number of worldwide issues and emphasized the Palestinian leadership's aspiration for a settlement based on the two-state solution. Netanyahu reportedly agreed only to a vague slowdown.

Despite the cordial appearance at Trump's joint White House press conference with Abbas, there may be turbulence beneath the surface.

'But we need two willing parties.

The goal of a Palestinian state living peacefully beside Israel has been the position of successive USA administrations and the global community. Netanyahu asked in a speech this week. He said the issue will be a focus during Abbas' visit. Three Republican senators urged a halt to such payments in a letter to Trump that reflected widespread opinion in Congress. Reaffirming his commitment to a two-state solution, he called on Israel to recognize Palestinian statehood just as Palestinians recognize the state of Israel. I have no idea if Trump was getting a simultaneous translation when Abbas was talking, but watch his body language.

The Oslo Accords are a set of agreements between the government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). The Obama administration spent its last months in office attempting to preserve conditions for an eventual resumption. Hamas has dismissed Abbas' strategy of negotiations as a waste of time and said he does not represent the Palestinians. But when he later sat down to lunch with the Palestinian leader, he said it was "maybe not as hard as people have thought over the years".

Israel's government responded that the new Hamas document is an attempt to try to "dupe" the worldwide community.

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