Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

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"We all know that".

"And since both sides see a benefit to that, you're not seeing a lot of outcry or opposition that you would otherwise", he said.

"I'm not at peace with any arms race and the huge Saudi purchase for sure doesn't add much to our peace of mind", he said in an interview with Israeli army radio.

He did not specifically mention the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide peace efforts and US Middle-East diplomacy.

In effect, it would offer Israel recognition by the Arab world and the "normalization" of relations in exchange for a full withdrawal from the territory Israel has occupied since the June 1967 Middle East war, including East Jerusalem.

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After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the President said "we can truly achieve a more peaceful future for this region and for people of all faiths and all beliefs and frankly all over the world". He was due to depart for Rome later yesterday.

Meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, Donald Trump condemned those behind the deadly bombing in Manchester, England, the night before as "evil losers". "Thank you", he said, "normally I've to go overseas for this kind of reception".

In a press conference with Abbas Tuesday morning, he reiterated, "I have committed to try to reach a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians", speaking only in general terms. I am telling you.

"Once again we reassert to you our positions", Abbas said elaborating, "accepting the two-state solution along the borders of 1967, a state of Palestine with a capital in East Jerusalem alongside Israel and resolving longstanding issues based on worldwide law and agreements in accordance with Arab peace initiative".

While both Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abbas have made positive noises about their readiness to negotiate, both also face domestic constraints on their freedom to manoeuvre and strike a deal.

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Netanyahu's tone was somewhat less upbeat, with sharp criticism for Abbas.

Ahead of his visit to the Middle East, the second leg of a nine-day tour that began in Saudi Arabia and will move on to the Vatican, Italy and Belgium, administration officials indicated that Trump might talk about "Palestinian self-determination", a nod toward the ultimate objective of statehood. Abbas is an unpopular leader, according to polls, and the Palestinian political landscape is split between his Fatah party and Hamas, the Islamist movement that is in control in the Gaza Strip and opposes negotiations with Israel.

Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, told AFP he was glad Trump's talk of peace "didn't lock us into a specific formula", referring to the two-state solution.

Emerging from an historic session with Mr. Abbas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Mr. Trump said he believes that Palestinians and Israelis can "forge peace and bring new hope to the region".

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