President Donald Trump arrives in Israel on Monday for the second stop of his first trip abroad as head of the Executive will face different obstacles as he strives for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement that eluded so many of his predecessors.
The trump card of the two-day visit to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as visits to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and the wailing wall, an important Jewish Holy site.
On the eve of Trump’s visit, Netanyahu’s security Cabinet, several confidence-approved measures, including the issuance of building permits for Palestinians in the vicinity of their towns and cities in parts of the West Bank, said earlier outside the limits, a high official of the Associated Press. Under the interim agreements, 60 percent of the West Bank known as area C, site of the Israeli settlements under Israeli control and the Palestinian development there are mainly forbidden by Israel.
Speaking on condition of anonymity in line with Protocol, the official said the package includes economic concessions and the opening of the border crossings between the West Bank and Jordan.
White house aides have played down expectations for significant progress on the peace process, to stop while trump, casting it as more symbolic than substantive. But Trump may still need to engage, which he determined to receive intelligence of Israel put to the Islamic state group (ISIS) with top Russian officials, without Israeli approval.in some delicate diplomacy, following, apparently
Israel also has 110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia expressed concern about the $that Trump announced, on Saturday in Riyadh. Yuval Steinitz, a senior Cabinet Minister and Netanyahu confidant, called Saudi Arabia “an enemy country” and said the deal was “definitely something of concern to us.”
Trump’s first overseas trip as President, comes as the dynamics between the United States and the region, the players move in unexpected directions.
While the Israeli officials fired the trump card of the election, some are now pushing gently the harder line that he has taken on the settlements: that of restraint, but not calling for a complete halt to the construction. Trump has to move from a campaign promise, the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, turn to the same diplomatic and security policy concerns as the other presidents have made similar promises.
Palestinians, the shown Trump the victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by trump openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington.
A senior official who was part of the Palestinian delegation said plans to Trump, to try to make a new edition of the peace negotiations, with the aim of reaching an agreement within a year. The Trump administration rejected a request from the Palestinians to urge an Israeli settlement freeze, but promised to sort them out, to discuss the Problem in the peace negotiations, according to the official, who was not authorized to the public, the private session and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Jibril Rajoub, a senior Palestinian official close to Abbas, said Trump was a “serious President”, the “have tried to a real business, not only the management of the conflict.”
David Friedman, the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, told the newspaper Israel Hayom, that Trump is the target at the start “to start a discussion, hopefully lead to peace.”
Friedman attended the celebration Sunday with Netanyahu, Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, a day to recognize after the White house rejected Israeli sovereignty over the area.
The area is home to sensitive religious sites, including the wailing wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. Israeli officials are on edge over the U. S refusal to, the Western wall is part of Israel.
Israel considers the entire city its capital. The international community says, the fate of East Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, which need to be addressed to achieve through negotiations.
The last round of peace talks, led by President Barack Obama and his Secretary of state, John Kerry, fell apart in 2014.
Trump has made, the son-in-law, Jared Kushner and a longtime business lawyer Jason Greenblatt, the Association of the diagram, the secretaries of state in the course of a peace process, a departure from the practice of previous U.S. administrations, the gifts usually those tasks.
The low-profile Greenblatt, in the last two decades as a lawyer at the Trump organization before joining the White house, traveled to the region twice since the opening and is in weekly contact with the Central players of both sides.
Aaron David Miller, a middle East peace adviser to the Democratic and Republican Minister, said that, despite Greenblatt positive reviews in the region, there are limits to how much influence he has, or all the American officials may have about the process.
“The Problem over many years, not the mediator in the middle — it’s the guys sitting on the other sides of the mediators,” said Miller, now Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Israeli officials say they are largely in the dark about what Trump’s ideas for peace, or what concessions he may require. Hard-liners dominate Netanyahu’s government grew particularly concerned when the White House national security adviser H. R. McMaster has expressed support last week for Palestinian “self-determination.”
Naftali Bennett, leader of the nationalist Jewish Home party, complained of “a kind of change in the spirit” of trump, the positions, since he was elected in November. He urged Netanyahu and Palestinian state to reject the rule of law and to insist that Jerusalem remains under Israeli sovereignty forever.
While Netanyahu has in the past expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he was vague about this goal since Trump’s office.
After his stay in Israel, Trump is at the top of the Vatican for an audience with Pope Francis, to Brussels for NATO summit and Sicily for a meeting of the heads of government of the group of Seven major industrial Nations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.