President Donald Trump has vowed to broker a peace deal between Palestine and Israel.
In a face-to-face meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of Palestine, at the White House, Trump committed himself to doing “whatever is necessary” to achieve peace between the two nations, claiming that the deal was not as tough as has been made out in the past.
“Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve always heard perhaps the toughest deal to make is between the Israelis and Palestinians,” Trump said. “Let’s see if we can prove them wrong, okay?”
“Let’s see if we can find the solution. It’s something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years. We need two willing parties. We believe Israel is willing. We believe you’re willing. And if you are willing, we are going to make a deal.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Trump said any agreement cannot be imposed by the United States, “or by any other nation,” but said he hopes to create peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
“We will get it done. We will be working so hard to get it done. It’s been a long time.”
Trump won’t be the first U.S. president to attempt a peace deal in the Middle East, but the president’s increasingly interventionist policies overseas may cause his own citizens to wonder what happened to the ideals of “America first” on which he campaigned.